Since its opening in 1998, The Help Center has continuously grown. The pantry started in a church basement and now services about 950 families each month.
In March, we made the difficult decision to suspend volunteer sessions until further notice. Thanks to a grant from the Missouri Foundation for Health, we were able to hire 30 temporary employees through Penmac Staffing. All of these Hunger Heroes were displaced from their previous jobs due to COVID-19, and they have served The Food Bank with so much compassion over the past few months.
Walmart and Sam’s Club stores are supporting local food banks in the midst of COVID-19 through the annual Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign through the end of May.