Food banks help reduce child hunger in Boone County
August 12, 2010 | 8:46 p.m. CDTFeeding America, a network of food banks, ranked Missouri fifth worst in terms of child hunger, which measures how many households with children worry about where the next meal is going to come from. Boone County has fewer households (19.1 percent) with children who are hungry than the state (23.4 percent) average. The national average is 18.9 percent.
According to the 2010 Missouri Hunger Atlas, food banks annually distributed more than 5 million pounds to hungry Boone County residents. This is one of the reasons Boone County has lower levels of child hunger than the state average. Programs like Buddy Packs, provided by the Central and Northeast Food Bank, help feed children in particular.