In southwest Missouri, far too many people struggle with hunger. Even more people are going hungry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This September, you can help raise awareness—and provide meals—by participating in Hunger Action Month.
Jamie, a member of the Elevate Work program, heads to class on Monday and Wednesday nights, learns valuable job skills and receives a hot dinner. On Tuesday, his daughter, Katie, attends the after-school reading program and eats dinner there with her friends. Jamie receives a hand-delivered sack lunch from Elevate Branson on Thursday. And on Sunday, he stops by for an optional church service and eats a hot breakfast.
After 38 years at The Coca-Cola Company, Kim Burton retired. As she filled her days with cleaning and organizing her home, she quickly decided she wanted to do more. Lucky for us, Kim came to volunteer at The Food Bank and has been helping out since the end of 2019.
Fighting local hunger would not be possible without relationships with the community. The way The Food Bank achieves this is through cause marketing, or partnering with local businesses and organizations. These partnerships offer fundraising opportunities and raise awareness about the issue of hunger.