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Jars of peanut butter and packets of veggie chili mix sit on metal shelves in a white room, ready to be picked up by hungry University of Missouri students. But this place isn’t a supermarket or campus convenience store. This is a food pantry—MU’s Tiger Pantry, to be exact.

A food pantry. On a college campus? In Columbia? Yes. The rising cost of college and other higher education necessities can make students run short when it comes to food. Rachel Volmert, the director of Tiger Pantry, said this increasing financial burden makes some students think that they have to choose between paying for school or buying nutritious food.

GEORGE KENNEDY: Urban Agriculture on the Rise in Columbia

Apr 17, 2017
Missouri School of Journalism

I make it a practice never to turn down free food and drink, so when Jeff Chinn invited me to a program this week at the new Barred Owl restaurant, I accepted instantly.

It turned out that, along with the exotic nourishment, the 100 or so of us in attendance got a useful reminder that “urban agriculture” is not the oxymoron it might appear to be.

Instead, what that term means for Columbia is, at the moment, a 1.3-acre mid-city cooperative garden and, just over the horizon, an ambitious Agriculture Park on the old fairgrounds next to the Activity and Recreation Center and the Columbia Farmers Market.

Monday night’s gathering was the quiet launch of what will be a three-stage, $5 million fund drive with the goal of creating a 5-acre garden and outdoor classroom...

Read the complete column at the Missourian.

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In the U.S., one in six people struggles with hunger. Food pantries across the country pass out food to help these people put meals on the table. But what if they could help teach the pantry visitors how to grow their own food, too?

Grow Well Missouri, a program that travels to food pantries around central Missouri, is trying to do just that, passing out seeds and starter plants to low-income locals.


On a recent wet, spring morning, the group was set up in Columbia, Mo. Four volunteers for Grow Well Missouri worked under a blue popup tent outside of Central Pantry, repotting about 50 starter tomato plants into larger containers. They had a steady stream of visitors stopping by, curious about what’s going on.

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For the Ivy Bend Food Pantry in southern Morgan County, the facility has been a long time coming.

Since acting President Melvin Byrd started working with the pantry, it has been located in a trailer near a church. But in recent years, the pantry has been on its own with two trailers connected together.

Macon County food pantry opens in new location

Nov 18, 2013
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A Macon county community food pantry is set to open up shop in a new spot Tuesday. 

The larger space for Macon County Ministries Emergency Food Pantry and Monthly Food Distribution should make it possible for the organization to store a wider variety of food, including fresh produce, for its growing number of clients. Emergency Food Pantry Coordinator Linda Truitt says the new facility and its amenities will give clients more choices.

“We’re going to be able to offer much better food, a better quality, more nutritious, better variety and all of the above,” Truitt said. 

Newscast for September 10, 2012

Sep 10, 2012

Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:

  • Governor Nixon extends farmers declaration
  • MU students partner with food pantry
  • Chronic wasting disease impacting deer in northern counties
  • Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's ballot summery planning appeal


This week, a food pantry that’s trying to offer healthier food to low-income families. Plus, an MU researcher tells us how quitting smoking may make you a happier person.

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