- Deputies: Man, woman tried to arrange killing of his estranged wife (5/21/17)1
- Former coroner convicted of felony theft now faces prison in misdemeanor case (5/23/17)2
- Cape police say man assaulted, kidnapped girlfriend (5/21/17)2
- Woman may lose foot after being hit by moped (5/24/17)
- Mississippi County sheriff fights efforts in court to remove him from office (5/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Woman, sister-in-law buy Perryville custom-wear shop (5/22/17)
- Cape man accused of shooting a woman in Jackson (5/21/17)
- Police apprehend Charleston man they say hit Cape woman with car (5/24/17)
- Illinois Trail of Tears site where Cherokee buried named to National Historic Register (5/24/17)
- Broadening horizons: Heartland Dream Team founder stays committed to area youth (5/21/17)2
Feeding the hungry
A recession -- and the long, slow recovery we're experiencing -- has a variety of effects. One is fewer people can afford the groceries they need to feed their families.
It's hard to believe there are hungry people in Southeast Missouri. Most of us live surrounded by abundance. Even if we're short on money from time to time we still manage to eat enough.
But statistics from our part of the state paint an eye-opening picture. The Southeast Missouri Food Bank has distributed 5.1 million pounds of food so far this year in the 16 counties it serves. Some of those counties are the poorest in the state. The amount of food distributed is up 1.3 million pounds over the same period last year.
Most of the food distributed by the food bank to 150 not-for-profit agencies is donated by corporations and organizations that hold food drives. Meeting the demand for food assistance is a challenge.
One new program is Back Packs for Friday, which sends nutritious meals and snacks home with schoolchildren each Friday. That program will be expanded this fall. It takes $300 to fill a child's backpack for a school year.
Anyone who would like to help can call the food bank at 651-0400 for more information.