SEMO Food Bank opens new distribution center in Sikeston | Community Spirit
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Southeast Missouri Food Bank is looking to reach even more hungry Missourians with a new, 64,000 square foot distribution center in Sikeston.
Workers loaded products into trucks early Saturday morning for mobile food pantries in Lake Wappapello and Oran, Mo. The Truck to the Table Mobile Food Pantry is one of the two rapidly expanding feeding programs started by the Food Bank in 2009 to supplement the emergency food efforts of their hunger relief network of agencies.
The other program, BackPacks for Friday, provides a backpack full of nutritious food to chronically hungry kids during the school year. In 2011, the Food Bank began another innovative program to serve needy families through a School Based Pantry Program known as A Better Childhood School Pantry in the Hayti School District. These programs combined with the core business of providing food and household products to charities are the reason Southeast Missouri Food Bank organization several years ago.
"An adequate facility will give us the ability to process greater quantities of food," said Kim Jackson, the Food Bank's warehouse manager. "Thousands of pounds out the door each week."
The food bank says that's food they get from national and local donors. The organization transports the products to 170 charitable agencies in their network that serves 16 counties in Southeast Missouri. At 64,000 square feet, the distribution space is three times larger than their former warehouse in Cape Girardeau.
"The extra space will give us an opportunity to solicit and process more food donations," said Karen Green, executive director. "We must prepare to meet the growing need for food assistance and having extra space will allow us to bring in even more food and household products to serve that need."
SEMO Food Bank says the Nash Road location will serve as a volunteer center and some administrative offices will continue to operate in Cape Girardeau on a permanent basis.
For more information about the services Southeast Missouri Food Bank provides, you can contact their office at 573-651-0400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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