The US Census shows the two poorest counties in the state are in Southeast Missouri.

63,700 people residing within the over 9,400 square miles Southeast Missouri Food Bank serves are food insecure, 19,230 are children. Families served include senior citizens, the disabled, the homeless, victims of domestic violence and the working poor.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank’s provides hunger relief in 16 counties, which includes Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Dunklin, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Perry, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Ste Genevieve, Stoddard and Wayne. Southeast Missouri Food Bank serves over 63,000 individuals every month through the 180 members of the hunger relief network and the following programs.

Direct Assistance for Families

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Children Feeding Programs

  • BackPacks for Friday "BFF" Program
  • A Better Childhood "ABC" School Pantry

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Programs

  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP)
  • Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
  • SNAP GAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/Gaining Applicants to the Program)

Program Offered to Member Agencies

  • Retail Store Donation Program

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Programs for Community Participation

Share The Harvest is a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN program.

  • Hunters win by doing their part to help people in need
  • Cooperating processing plants get positive PR for their involvement and donations of locker space
  • The Southeast Missouri Food Bank gets valuable protein in large quantities
  • Food pantry clients get a tasty, nutritious addition to their diet during cold weather
  • Department of Conservation gets yet another tool in managing the deer herd.