As Central Pantry prepares to make its most significant updates in its 40-year history, Missouri Employers Mutual will double every dollar donated for ten days starting Thursday. 

The dollar matching is part of a campaign launched with The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, according to a Thursday release. MEM is a local company which provides workers compensation insurance. 

Funds from the campaign will go to the purchase and renovation of Central Pantry's future home at Moser's on the Business Loop. It hopes to move into its new larger location by 2023.

MEM has pledged to match up to $25,000. In addition to offsetting moving and renovation costs, the campaign is meant to highlight the importance of Central Pantry and the need for a new location.

The pantry serves 10,000 Boone County residents a month, according a news release. 

The new facility will allow the pantry to more effectively provide the community access to healthy food and recipes. The larger facility, with more cold storage and freezer space, means the pantry will be able to store and distribute more healthy foods like fruits, vegetables and other perishables. 

This is the fourth year MEM has matched donations to The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri said Jennifer Peck, of MEM. 

"The need for those experiencing food insecurity only continues to grow," Peck said. "We're honored to join the food bank in their mission to improve convenient and dignified access to nutritious foods in Boone County with this new site." 

The food bank believes a more centralized location in Columbia will help increase awareness of the Central Pantry's role in the community.­­

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  • Molly Hart is an assistant city editor at the Missourian. She has previously reported on state government. She can be reached at mhart@mail.missouri.edu.

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