JOIN THE CAUSE

During these challenging times, most of us have had to make adjustments in our homes and work. Families across the state are feeling these pressures as they are sent home from jobs, budget for needs and accommodate this situation. For some, the virus presents a greater economic challenge than normal, especially in terms of having sufficient nutrition and the means to afford it.

The Drive to Feed Kids opens a door for every Missourian to make a difference in the fight against hunger in our state. All proceeds are dedicated to Feeding Missouri's network food banks who work daily to alleviate hunger. Every dollar makes a difference in our Missouri communities.

THE CHALLENGE

Nearly 13 million kids in the US are food insecure. That number includes hundreds of thousands of Missouri kids here in the nation’s agricultural heartland. In rural Missouri, as many as one in five people face food insecurity. Among children, the numbers are even higher. In parts of Missouri, one in three children face food insecurity on a regular basis.

SEE HOW FOOD INSECURITY AFFECTS YOUR MISSOURI COUNTY

OUR SOLUTION

The Drive to Feed Kids successfully launched in 2017 and built collaborative partnerships among non-profit organizations and agriculture businesses who have committed to standing in the gap of food insecurity. In an effort to combat childhood food insecurity, Missouri Farmers Care leveraged the existing food bank distribution networks to deliver kid-friendly meals to youth through backpack programs and in-school food pantries.

DRIVE EVENTS AND NEWS

Pork Partnership

The Missouri Pork Association and Missouri Farmers Care are teaming up to provide high-quality protein to families in need. These groups are helping Missouri pig farmers connect with local processors to donate pork to the state’s food banks. Each hog processed into ground pork yields over 200 pounds of high-quality protein for hungry children and families across Missouri.

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“The collective effort of Missouri’s agriculture community is significant. As people become more aware of the hunger problem in Missouri, they’re stepping up to do something about it and our farmers are leading the way. The impact from this partnership will be felt by many of our neighbors in need throughout this new school year.”

- Scott Baker, State Director, Feeding Missouri