Columbia's Food Bank receives award for aiding senior citizens

Friday, August 26, 2011 | 6:49 p.m. CDT; updated 8:30 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 26, 2011

COLUMBIA — An agency geared towards assisting older workers will honor the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri at a ceremony Tuesday morning.

The Food Bank has been named Missouri's 2011 Host Agency Champion by Experience Works, which helps senior citizens develop the necessary experience for employment through its Senior Community Service Employment Program.

"The Food Bank is an exemplary partner in helping older workers overcome obstacles to employment while providing them with the opportunity to serve their community," said Susan Streit, an employment and training coordinator at Experience Works.

This year, the Food Bank trained 14 low-income participants to assist with the distribution of donated food to soup kitchens and shelters. Ultimately, the Food Bank hired two of the trainees.

“The staff is always willing to assist the participants and give them a chance to develop their job skills,” Streit said.

The ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at 2101 Vandiver Drive. Diane Chambers, the Missouri director at Experience Works, will speak at the event.

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