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
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.