One out of every four children in the Ozarks goes to bed hungry. Missouri ranks fifth in the nation for children not knowing when, where, or even if they will get their next meal. Many of our senior citizens face the terrible decision of choosing between buying prescriptions or buying groceries.
In an effort to make a positive difference in the lives of our Ozarks neighbors, the employees at White River Valley Electric Cooperative rally each year for the Power to turn Hunger into Hope campaign.
You may see us at a grocery store near you collecting cash or food donations. Employees also have the option of a payroll deduction all year long. With the help of local pantry partnerships, every dollar donated can purchase ten dollars’ worth of food. Food insecurity negatively impacts cognitive development, school performance and has serious health consequences. This helps us make a big difference for our neighbors that need us.
The food drive will continue to alleviate some of the suffering in our service area and have a positive impact on the physical and emotional health of families in our five-county service area. Our communities can improve if those who live in them are healthier. Please come out and help your neighbors in need. Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of many. Let’s make this the best year yet!