We’re nearing the end of Hunger Action Month, and to wrap things up, we’re bringing you more resources and information to aid in our continued fight against hunger in Missouri!
Led by Feeding America, Hunger Action Month is an annual nationwide campaign to spread awareness and inspire action to end hunger in America. 12% of Missourians live in food insecure households, and our goal is to bring that number to zero. We believe that key policy changes can help decrease the burden on the nonprofit sector by improving access to government-run social safety net programs, improving job training opportunities and pushing for living wages that allow families to afford adequate food, and eliminating food deserts in rural communities around the state.
You can always find new information from us in the Food Security section of our website, including information from our Food Security Coalition and Advocacy Resources. If you want to learn more, check out some of our many partners and other organizations researching food security in Missouri and across the country:
A longtime partner of Empower Missouri, FRAC improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions.
Important Info from FRAC:
Feeding Missouri is a coalition of the six Missouri Food Banks working to provide hunger relief to every county (and St. Louis City) in the state. Collectively, they distribute over 120 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 1,500 community feeding programs.
Important Info from Feeding Missouri:
Feeding America is the largest charity working to end hunger in the United States. They partner with food banks, food pantries, and local food programs to bring food to people facing hunger, and advocate for policies that create long-term solutions to hunger.
Important Info from Feeding America:
Hunger in the News
Explore recent media coverage of the hunger crisis in Missouri and across the country:
- Millions of women, children risk losing WIC’s nutrition assistance if government shuts down
- Hundreds of Thousands of Young Children and Postpartum Adults Would Be Turned Away from WIC under House and Senate Funding Levels
- Advocates tout ‘transition benefits’ to prevent Missourians from falling out of social safety net
- Missouri has decided to turn down millions in federal food aid for low-income children
Recent Posts from Empower Missouri
Our Weekly Perspectives cover important anti-poverty policy issues facing Missourians. Some recent food security topics included:
- The 2023 Farm Bill
- Work Requirements – Expect More. But From Whom?
- Feeding Our Children is Feeding Our Future – Missouri Should Invest in Expanding the Free School Lunch Program
- The Restaurant Meals Program Would Make Healthy Meals Accessible to More SNAP Participants
- It’s Time for Missouri to Join the Majority of Other States and End the Food Sales Tax