Missouri’s lieutenant governor says hunger is bipartisan and that it impacts both urban and rural residents.
Mike Kehoe is in Sedalia for today’s (Tuesday) Missouri Farmers Care Food drive. It’s personal for him, as he was raised by a single mother in north St. Louis and was assisted by food banks while growing up.
“Claudia (Kehoe’s wife) has been on the Central Missouri food bank board, my wife for several years. She can tell you hunger is real in our state, and people kind of choose not to always believe that,” Kehoe says.
Lieutenant Governor Kehoe tells “Wake Up Mid-Missouri” that hundreds of FFA and 4-H students will be in Sedalia for today’s food drive. He emphasizes that it’s a team effort.
“We will pre-pack with all these kids, two groups, one in the morning, one in the afternoon. They’re put together as teams, and they work together to pre-package these various food items that will go to the food banks and be handed out to folks all across our state,” says Kehoe.
Kehoe says they packed about 60,000 meals at last year’s Sedalia event. He emphasizes that hunger is bipartisan and that it impacts both urban and rural residents.
Missouri Farmers Care says that one in five people face food insecurity in rural Missouri.