COLUMBIA — Children ages 4 to 10 will attend Kids Helping Kids Day on Saturday to explore the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri in Columbia and learn about volunteerism by preparing meals for children in need.
The event will be held at the Food Bank at 2101 Vandiver Drive and will include three sessions from 9 to 11 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.
Any children who want to volunteer will be able to tour the Food Bank's warehouse and spend time filling bags of food for the Buddy Pack program.
The Buddy Pack program provides backpacks filled with food to students eligible for free and reduced lunches to take home over weekends and holidays. These packs will go to children across central and northeast Missouri.
The Food Bank anticipates providing food for up to 8,500 children this year, which sets a record-breaking year for the Buddy Pack program, Food Bank communications coordinator Rachel Ellersieck said. She said last year the Food Bank fed around 6,500 children.
She also said that one in four children in mid-Missouri do not know when their next meal might be.
The Food Bank hopes to make this a quarterly event in order to accommodate children who are shorter than the 48-inch height safety requirement to be in the volunteer warehouse.
She said the Kids Helping Kids Day was set up as a day for younger kids who wanted to volunteer, so that Food Bank workers can look after their safety.