Too many children like this one, go hungry because of poverty or worse, neglect. The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Mo. is asking for your help in feeding them.

Too many children like this one, go hungry because of poverty or worse, neglect. The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Mo. is asking for your help in feeding them.

Too many children are going hungry in the world and even in our own backyard. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with Executive Director for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri, Peggy Kirkpatrick

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Being 7th in the nation for food insecurity for children is something that Missouri lays shameful claim to. One organization fighting to turn that around is the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick explains how the Buddy Pack Program started and how it works.

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It’s a direct response to a little girl’s plea when she didn’t want to go home for Spring Break because there was no food there and it wasn’t safe. From that we started the program. We are now in 146 schools, predominately elementary or early learning but some middle schools, in 28 of our 32 counties,” Kirkpatrick explains.

We provide food for children selected by the schools themselves who are greatest at risk of going hungry.”

Kirkpatrick adds help is desperately needed.

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There are nearly 58,000 children that financially qualify for the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program. Our buddy Pack efforts right now, are only reaching a little over 7,200,” she said.

People could, if you will, adopt a student for a school year. Its $15 a month or $180 for a school year, and that allows us to provide 36 packs of food for the kids.”

Kirkpatrick also pleas for residents to “look around” and find ways to help in their own communities. For more visit their website where you can also donate.

Also click this link and vote with your Facebook account to help the Food Bank receive a $60,000 grant that will go directly to the citizens of central and northeast Missouri.