The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri will host its Pack School Pantries Food Drive Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The food drive will take place at the Columbia Mall in the northeast parking lot near Wendy’s.

The Food Bank provides food to 13 school pantries in Boone County. The pantries are located in schools to give students easy access to nutritional food that they can take home for themselves and their families.

Every dollar donated helps the Food Bank provide at least four meals.

Donations of food or cash can be made in-person during the drive, or gifts can be made online.

Suggested food items to donate include peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna/chicken, meal kits, canned spaghetti sauce and other shelf-stable foods.

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