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The state is receiving a total of $1.5 Million dollars from the CARES Act to help area food banks.

The funds will go to serve more than 1,000 food pantries, domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens and other meal sites in the state.

The Food Bank for Central Missouri serves the Lake’s 4-county region and the Ozarks Food Harvest covers counties south of the Lake.


May 6, 2020

Missouri to Receive $66 Million for Child Care Assistance, $1.5 Million for Food Banks Under Federal CARES Act

Missouri will receive $1.5 million under the CARES Act for food banks. DSS will divide these funds among Missouri’s six regional food banks to help meet the needs of the growing number of Missourians who now rely on food assistance. The funds will help food banks serve more than 1,000 food pantries, domestic violence shelters, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other meal sites across the state.

 Harvesters Community Food Network  $297,000
 Ozarks Food Harvest  $277,547
 Second Harvest Community Food Bank  $107,811
 Southeast Missouri Food Bank  $151,470
 St. Louis Area Foodbank  $438,669
 The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri  $212,503
 Feeding Missouri*  $15,000
 Total  $1,500,000
     *For training, technical assistance, and reporting   

In addition to child care and food bank assistance, Governor Parson also announced that Missouri will provide $1.8 million in emergency assistance for Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) grants. The state will also relax match requirements for VOCA grant recipients to ensure VOCA providers are able to access federal dollars. This will save grant recipients over $11 million.