Health and Hunger

While our primary mission is to end hunger, the food bank also leverages the power of food to build healthy communities. We know that people living in food-insecure homes have a harder time accessing nutritious food, are more likely to suffer from chronic health conditions and face barriers to adopting healthy eating patterns. That’s why we have made extra efforts in recent years to establish partnerships that focus on increasing access to healthy foods and addressing social and racial disparities among the people we serve. These partnerships have included:


A grant-funded program that provides fresh produce and lean protein to SEMO Health Network patients with diet-related chronic conditions in Dunklin, Pemiscot, Mississippi, Scott, New Madrid and Stoddard counties. The program tracks changes in the patients’ weight, blood pressure and A1C.

Veterans Healthy Food Surplus

A partnership with Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff to provide food-insecure veterans with supplemental food.

Prison Produce

A partnership with Southeast Correctional Center in Charleston where the food bank provides seeds to the prison’s Restorative Justice program for inmates to grow produce that is donated to the food bank and distributed through its network of pantries.