Southeast Missouri Food Bank Receives $20,000 Grant

Officials with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks recently awarded the Southeast Missouri Food Bank in Sikeston with a Rural Vitality Grant worth$ 20,000 in recognition of their Hunger-Free Weekends program. The purpose of the program is to provide children in low income households with backpacks that have nutritious non-perishable meals packed into them which children can take home with them for a whole weekend. This grant that was awarded was one of thirteen Rural Vitality Grants that were worth almost $250,000 and the grants were presented through Zoom on August 5, 2020 to nonprofit organizations in Central and Southern Missouri. Every agency was chosen because all of them support health, education and economic self-sufficiency in rural communities that are inside the Community Foundation of the Ozarks service area in the two regions in the state. Officials say the need for the Food Bank’s services have gone up because of COVID 19. The grant money will assist the food bank in serving around 200 more children five school districts with weekend back packs and the program for kids in the area.

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