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Food Bank boasts large numbers in newly released stats

The figures from 2016 to 2017 have gone down, but the new direction means sharing food that weighs less. (Louis Finley/KTVO)

Cheri Coin with The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri is parlaying her childhood experience to help others.

"We grew up very very poor. So I understand what it is to sometimes be food insecure," Coin said.

The organization is settling into a new warehouse, filling 'Buddy Packs' for kids in need.

"This has always been very near and dear to my heart," Coin said.

Working towards fighting food insecurity, Coin is also fighting the stigma that may come with asking for help.

"There's a lot of miseducation for people to think, ‘Oh the people who go to food pantries are too lazy to work or things like that, and it's not true," Coin said.

It might be in an inconspicuous location, but the food pantry in Adair County is doing big things. In 2017, they shared almost 700,000 pounds of food.

"61 percent of the food that we distributed in 2017 is what we call green food," Coin said.

The figures from 2016 to 2017 have gone down, but the new direction means sharing food that weighs less.

"We're focusing more on things like fresh produce, dairy, whole grains and meat products which often weigh less than the canned foods," Coin said.

Coin says she's hoping client numbers go down in Adair County this year with the influx of new businesses.

"I just want to make sure that we're taking care of the people in our community who truly truly need us,” Coin said.

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