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

6 days 4 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Junior Basketball Player Hailey Diestelkamp with the Owensville Dutchgirls. She recently became the all-time scoring leader at Owensville High School surpassing Katie Davis. Hailey played volleyball her first two years of high school, but after suffering an injury playing basketball last summer, she decided to focus on basketball this year. Hailey runs track in the spring.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

1 week 6 days ago

It came as a shock to a lot of people to find out that the contract for the Union license office, which has been operated by the Union Chamber of Commerce since the 1970's, was being turned over to a for-profit company based out of Jefferson City.

What happened? It's a classic case of two all-too-common phenomena in the world of government--unintended consequences and the revolving door.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Saint Louis erased a nine-point second half deficit and had a shot to win it late, but fell 60-56 against UMass Saturday in a thrilling Atlantic 10 Conference game at Chaifetz Arena. It was the fourth loss in a row for the Billikens, who fall to 9-12 overall and 1-7 in league play. UMass improves to 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the A-10. The Billikens had the ball down by two with the shot clock off.