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Food banks partner for greater cause

The St. Louis Area Food Bank partnered with the Farmington Ministerial Alliance and was in Farmington last week at the Memorial United Methodist Church with a semi-truck load of food.

St. Louis Area Food Bank Agency Relations Manager Sara Lewis said the food bank partners with Farmington Ministerial Alliance and they distribute food to the local food pantries, who in turn distribute it to their clients.

“What we are doing today is called a food fair and we are doing a large scale distribution to the community,” said Lewis. “Today they gave out produce, dairy, dry goods and bakery items to help people supplement their diets.”

Lewis said they understand that clients can’t get everything they need from food stamps and the food pantries. She said they like to do this as a nutritional boost in the counties that need the help.

A line a cars could be seen making their way through each stop indicated by an orange cone in the church parking lot. At each stop volunteers would place items in the person’s vehicle, whether it was cheese, bread, apples, or potatoes. Each stop was a different item.

“We partnered with the local food pantry and they distributed vouchers to the families who use them on a regular basis to come and utilize this event, as well as their regular pantry distribution day,” said Lewis. “They distributed 200 vouchers, so we should serve around 200 families with the 13,000 plus pounds of food we have here today.”

Lewis said the food bank covers 14 counties in Missouri and 12 in Illinois and they do these distributions once a month, mainly in rural areas.

“We track how much we are distributing in each of our counties by a measure called an MPPIN, which is Meals Per Person In Need,” explained Lewis. “So we track how many people in each county are at or below the poverty level and then we distribute pounds according to that number.”

Lewis said if one of their counties looks like it’s a little bit low in that metric they will do a food fair to bring more nutrition into the county.

“Thanks to Farmington Ministerial Alliance for being such an amazing partner to us and helping us host this event with their great volunteers,” said Lewis. “The food bank staff came and it was Ministerial Alliance volunteers who helped load the food.”

Students from the Farmington Middle School Character Council and from the Farmington High School Key Club volunteered for the afternoon. The students helped bag potatoes and apples and helped load items in the cars.

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Two food banks partner up for a great cause and distribute thousands of pounds of food to area residents in need of nutritional supplements.

Two food banks partner up for a great cause and distribute thousands of pounds of food to area residents in need of nutritional supplements.

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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