SEMO Food Bank to hold virtual telethon Thursday

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

SIKESTON — Southeast Missouri Food Bank will host a virtual telethon on social media channels Thursday to raise much-needed funds to help feed hungry people.

The virtual telethon will feature primarily performing artists of all kinds, as well as speakers on a wide range of topics related to hunger in southeast Missouri and how the number of people needing food assistance increased during the pandemic.

Details and an easy way to view the virtual telethon can be found at

“Thursday will be an incredible day, a day in which southeast Missouri can really focus on the needs of our neighbors all over the region and make a difference in our effort to feed the hungry,” said Chief Executive Officer Joey Keys.

The virtual telethon received a big boost from a corporate sponsor who made a $40,000 matching pledge that will double donations up to that total amount.

“Big supporters take us a long way toward meeting our mission of helping feed the hungry all across southeast Missouri, and donors of every size are what we need to do the job,” Keys said.

Southeast Missouri Food Bank is marking its 35th anniversary this year. Founded in 1985, the food bank’s basic purpose is to Reach More, Help More, Feed More. The simple statement serves as a visionary and meaningful summary of Southeast Missouri Food Bank’s goals, while expressing exactly what it is the food bank does. In addition to food distribution and services to 140 nonprofits, the food bank has direct-service programs such as the Backpack for Fridays Program, Truck to Table Mobile Food Pantry, ABC (A Better Childhood) Pantry and more.

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