Adopt a Buddy able to provide food to more than 1,000 children

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 | 1:07 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Four weeks after the announcement of the Adopt a Buddy initiative, donors have "adopted" more than 1,000 children who receive Buddy Packs.

The program now has enough financial support to continue through the rest of the 2011-2012 school year.

On January 31, the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri announced the creation of the Adopt a Buddy initiative. The initiative was started to help fund the increasing costs of the Buddy Pack program.

The food bank also instituted measures meant to reduce the cost of the food used in the Buddy Packs.

The Buddy Pack program provides healthy meals to an average of 8,600 children who are eligible for free or reduced lunches. These packs allow the children to eat healthy meals on weekends.

The cost of "adopting" one child is $180 for the year, or $15 per month.

More information about Adopt a Buddy is available on the food bank's website. 

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