Give to Local Food Banks

Food banks are doing a lot of giving this time of year. Missouri’s six food banks and about 1,500 distribution agencies face heavy demand with Thanksgiving and Christmas only a month or so apart. Fortunately, donors remember food banks during the holidays, says state director Scott Baker, and about 40% of the annual giving to food banks happens during that time of year. But he also says that food banks have a lot of people asking for help. Despite the indications that the economy is getting better and more people are returning to work, the demand has not decreased. He says that many of those people are taking jobs that do not pay as well, making it harder for families to make ends meet with the cost of groceries, utilities, and transportation continuing to increase. Baker says that it is not a case of more people asking for help the first time, but it’s a case of people needing help for longer periods of time, which is a situation underlined by a recent USDA report that ranked Missouri fifth in the nation for people food insecurity every day.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

1 day 8 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Senior Taylor Covington with the New Haven Track and Field Team. Taylor earned All-State honors medaling in four events at the state track meet at Lincoln University in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. She ran anchor on the 4X800 relay team that finished in sixth place.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

6 days 4 hours ago

Commencement, it is said, is a beginning. Yet graduations are also the end of an era--for students and their parents. For the kids, it's a time of excitement and promise. For parents, it's a bit more bittersweet.

What will the future hold for the Class of 2015? Time will tell.

My youngest has now graduated from high school. Back in 1980, I was the youngest of my family who graduated.

OFF THE CUFF ARCHIVE

SPORTS CORNER

8 hours 30 min ago

The Cardinals and Diamondbacks play the finale of their three-game series tonight at Busch Stadium. Lance Lynn starts for St. Louis. He's 3-and-4 with a 3.46 ERA this season. Josh Collmenter gets the ball for Arizona. He's 3-and-5 with a 5.19 ERA. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.