Briesha & Orlando

The world of COVID-19 is a difficult one for small businesses to navigate.   Orlando, owner of Point A to Point B Transit, can attest to that.   “Before COVID-19 happened, everybody was going where they wanted to go, but now, they only go where they need to go. So, my business has been slowing down a…

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Mike’s Story

A hero is someone who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements or noble qualities. While some people consider movie stars or athletes to be heroes, Mike puts food bank volunteers and donors above them all.   “I know that they are heroes,” he said. “They stand above any basketball, baseball or football player. In the eyes of…

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Jimmy’s Story

Despite the long line of cars in front of him, Jimmy didn’t mind waiting to get food from a recent COVID-19 Response mobile food pantry provided by Southeast Missouri Food Bank in Cape Girardeau. Many people have lost their jobs due to the novel coronavirus, and Jimmy is among them. With the stay-at-home order in…

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Bailey’s Story

Bailey and her husband had just bought a house. Her 7-year-old son was in a good school, and Bailey is on track to graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. They were feeling like their life was going well – until coronavirus hit the Heartland. Within a couple of weeks, everything changed.   The…

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Billy’s Story

It’s easy to let pride get in the way of doing things — even those things necessary to live, like eating when you’re hungry. Billy encourages people to visit mobile food pantries if they need help getting enough food to eat. “Don’t let your pride stop you,” he said. Billy visits Flame of Hope, the…

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When You’re Hungry

Hunger can affect people differently, but a common sentiment expressed is “when you’re hungry enough, you’ll eat anything.” Alice Bashley echoed those words at a recent mobile food pantry at Life Changers Restoration Ministries in Lilbourn, MO. Having limited to no food isn’t a feeling that she is fond of. “It makes a person feel…

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Jesus In Disguise

The bags of food are packed, the volunteers are in place, and the cars at Jesus in Disguise Pantry in Benton are snaked around the parking lot. The crew shared a brief prayer before opening the overhead garage doors to begin serving patrons. Nearly every Saturday is a busy one, but this one is especially…

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Rising Above Hardship

It’s a cold, wet Saturday morning, and Sharon Daniels of Benton is standing behind a white folding table taking food from a plastic tub and putting into paper bags. She’s one of more than dozen volunteers getting food ready to hand out to clients at Jesus in Disguise Pantry that operates out of a small…

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God’s Calling

Angela Schaefer felt God’s call several years ago when she made a pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy, to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi, who gave up a life of privilege to live a simpler life of poverty. “I heard the call then – that God was calling me to help feed the needy,” said…

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Keeping Good Spirits

Even though life has been rough as of late for Darrell Parks, he believes in karma and passing around good to people to get it back in return. Parks, originally from St. Louis but now lives in Poplar Bluff, has been homeless for the last four years. Life on the streets has been hard, and…

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