SPRINGFIELD,Mo — Kids in Missouri are working this summer to help raise funds and collect food to feed children across the state.
Jenifer Abreu talked to Paxton Dahmer, former president of FFA Missouri, about the efforts in 2019.
Dahmer says last year, the Drive to Feed Kids initiative packed about 100,800 meals for children, in addition to collecting $160,000 in donations to be given to Feeding Missouri’s six regional food banks.
The goal this year, Dahmer says is similar: 100,000 meals and over $150,000.
It’s easy to participate, you can text the word “Drive2” to the number 44321 to donate. Or click here, to find out more.
More than 240,000 children in Missouri do not know where their next meal will come from, according to Feeding America.
Missouri Farmers Care says the counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are disproportionately rural, where one out of every three children face food insecurity.
The 2019 Drive culminates at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia with the following events:
Tuesday, Aug. 13 – For Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive $2 Tuesday, fairgoers can enter the Missouri State Fair for $2 with a minimum donation of 2 canned food items.
Tuesday, Aug. 13 – Drive to Feed Kids packing event and Missouri FFA’s Food Insecurity Service Day when hundreds of FFA members from across Missouri will work side by side to package over 100,000 meals.
Saturday, Aug. 17 – Check presentation to Feeding Missouri during the Brothers Osborne/Ashley McBryde concert at the Fair.
Missouri Farmers Care encourages companies, farms, individuals and civic groups to participate in the Drive to Feed Kids by becoming a sponsor.