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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Second Harvest Community Food Bank distributed more than 7.4 million pounds of food within its northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas service area over the past fiscal year, the organization announced Tuesday.

From July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019, the group distributed 1.7 million pounds more than it did the year prior.

“I am very proud of the work of our team at Second Harvest, exceeding all expectations by distributing over 7.4 million pounds of product this fiscal year,” said Chad Higdon, Second Harvest CEO, in a statement. “Not only did we distribute more product than we ever have, this year we focused on equitable distribution and nutritional value of the product distributed.”

The organization credited the increase to growth in programs like Fresh Mobile Pantry, which distributed 1.2 million pounds of fresh produce and lean protein, and to the work of the Partner Agency Network. 

Through the network, Second Harvest worked with other agencies to transport and serve 5.6 million pounds of product during this fiscal year — about three-fourths of the total distribution.

“Per Map the Meal Gap, Second Harvest met half the food insecurity needs of low-income families in 18 of 19 counties we serve through our distribution efforts,” Higdon said. “This is a tremendous accomplishment, only made possible by our dedicated staff, Partner Agency Network, Board of Directors, volunteers and donors.”

Second Harvest Community Food Bank services a 19-county area: 15 in northwest Missouri and four in northeast Kansas. It provides food to nearly 47,000 food insecure individuals, the organization said.

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