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In Missouri, 865,400 people are considered to be food insecure, or 14.2 percent food insecurity rate for Missouri residents.
Areas of food insecurity are scattered throughout the state, with the hardest hit areas being concentrated in the southeast corner of the state. Pemiscot county has the highest rate of food insecurity, at 23.2 percent. Jackson County has a food insecurity rate of 16.2 percent.
In Kansas, 370,860 people are considered to be food insecure, or 12.7 percent food insecurity rate for Kansas residents.
Areas of food insecurity are concentrated near the eastern border of the state, with Riley County having the highest food insecurity rate. Wyandotte County has a food insecurity rate of 16.3 percent.
Harvesters Community Food Network has a website to help those in need locate the nearest food pantry. Pantries can also be found by calling 877-353-6639.
Since 2012, 41 Action News and Harvesters have collected 922,264 meals through Fill the Fridge. The goal is to make that 1 million meals in 2019.
What should you buy when you visit your local Price Chopper to help Fill the Fridge? Harvesters requests kid-friendly perishables, or every $1 donated helps provide three meals.
Fill the Fridge Shopping List: