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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies in Missouri began accepting donations for the annual Feds Feed Families food drive on Monday, July 15. Donations will be accepted through August 28 at local USDA Service Centers.
The annual food drive helps food banks and pantries stay stocked during summer months, when they traditionally encounter decreases in donations and increases in the need for assistance. In four years, the federal food drive has collected and donated 15.2 million pounds of food and other non-perishable items to support families across America.
This year, in addition to accepting non-perishable items, certain USDA agencies will accept fresh produce. Landowners interested in allowing volunteers to help glean their fields, with donations going to their local food banks or pantries, should contact Emily Murray at 573-876-9360 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Millions of Americans across the country, including 1 in 5 children, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. In Missouri, an estimated 17.1 percent of the population is food-insecure according to Feeding America.org.
To locate a USDA service center near you, look in the phone book under “U.S. Government, Department of Agriculture,” or online at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.