Did you know that September is Hunger Action Month? 

September is the month designated to help educate the public about hunger related issues, and the Texas County Food Pantry is partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest, the area’s food bank, in helping spread the message about taking action against hunger.   “Hunger is still a problem in our county,” Food Pantry Director Bennie Cook said.  “The pantry provides 517 families across the county with food each month.” 

According to the USDA, 16.7 percent of Missouri’s population does not know where their next meal is coming from.  

Having a food drive is a great way to help people in need in Texas County.  Cook said the food pantry can always use volunteers to help distribute the food in Houston and other parts of the county. To volunteer, call 417-967-4484.

To find out more about Hunger Action Month, log onto the Ozarks Food Harvest website http://ozarksfoodharvest.org/HAM13.html

Hunger Action Month events involving the Texas County Food Pantry

Sept. 27 – Food Drive at the Houston Walmart,  6 – 8 p.m. (sponsored by the Houston Sorosis Club).

Sept. 28 – Food Drive at the Houston Walmart, 9 a.m. – noon. (sponsored by the Houston Sorosis Club).

Sept. 29 – The 21st annual Hunger Walk, 2 p.m. at  the Houston Senior Center. Proceeds stay in Texas County. For more information, call 417-967-4484.   

Nonperishable food donations for the food pantry can be dropped off at the following locations:

Roby: Walt’s.

Houston: Texas County Food Pantry, Walmart, Dollar General and Town and County.

Cabool: Town and County and Dollar General.

Summersville: Koller’s.

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