"A little girl from one of the elementary schools here in Columbia didn’t want to go home for spring break. She wouldn’t get on the school bus. One of the teachers ordered her to get on. She burst into tears, grabs the teacher’s leg, sobbing, begging the teacher, ‘I don’t want to go home. Please don’t make me go home.’ The teacher asks her why she doesn’t want to go home, and she says, ‘There’s no food there.’"
It was this story that inspired Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, to begin a program called Buddy Packs. The program provides children with back packs filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food to take home with them on the weekend and over holidays.
Read more about how Peggy and other are making a difference in Mid-Missouri.