UPDATE: Knox Co. Food Cupboard Distribution is Rescheduled for Tuesday , Feb. 12
Edina, MO – February 9, 2019 – The Knox Co. Food Cupboard distribution is rescheduled for Tuesday , Feb. 12, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
THE KNOX COUNTY FOOD CUPBOARD MONTHLY DISTRIBUTION IS CANCELED ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8.
The new date will be included when it becomes available.
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The Knox County Food Cupboard expects a large shipment of food from The Food Bank of Central Missouri this month to help offset the local need. In January, Missouri Food Stamp recipients received February food stamp benefits early. The early release of food stamp funds is expected to cause a shortfall this month.
The Food Cupboard monthly commodity distribution takes place on the first Friday following the first Thursday of every month from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This month, food distribution will be held this Friday, February 7, 2019. There is no charge to receive food distributed by the Knox County Food Cupboard.
The Food Cupboard has a long history of helping feed Knox County families. Those who wish to participate in the monthly food distribution only need to be residents of the county. A recent bill and identification card must be shown before food can be collected. Participants are also encouraged to bring boxes or other large containers with them.
Participants are also asked to refrain from parking in the Post Office parking lot east of the Food Cupboard, which is located on the northwest corner of South Second and East Morgan Streets in Edina.
For people 60 years old and older, who meet an income guideline, a box of food staples is also available. These food boxes include things like dry milk, beans, cheese, peanut butter and other items that have a lasting shelf life. Those interested in receiving a food box in addition to their monthly food pick up can apply when the Food Cupboard is open for monthly food distribution.
Currently, Knox County receives and distributes 60 staples boxes. Some applicants may be put on a waiting list, which usually takes a month or two before those boxes become available to applicants.
In 2018, the Food Cupboard distributed 336,000 pounds of food to Knox County families serving an average of 220 families and an average of 540 people per month. In January, 484 people took advantage of the Food Cupboard monthly distribution of 28,000 pounds of food.
According to Knox County Food Cupboard representative Carolyn Snelling, 370 Knox County households are currently registered with the organization.
Most of the items distributed by the Knox County Food Cupboard come from The Food Bank based in Columbia, MO, Wal-Mart based in Kirksville, MO, and C&R Market in Edina, MO.
The Knox County Food Cupboard is entirely volunteer driven. Volunteers from throughout the community staff the monthly delivery and distribution days. These volunteers are members of the community and some are students from different school organizations.
Anyone who wishes to donate to the local Food Cupboard or Food Pantry can by contacting the Knox County Ministerial Alliance. Donations given locally are put toward things like overhead for the pantry and cupboard building, equipment and maintenance.