Mississippi County families can turn to Caring Communities and other county resources for assistance. The county has several different food pantries: USDA Food Pantry and Second Harvest Food Program in Charleston along with The Flame for East Prairie residents. Additional assistance for home furnishings and other necessities following a fire or an emergency is available through Project Hope, Salvation Army. The programs are explained below and you can contact MCCC for more information.
USDA Food Pantry
The Caring Communities Resource Center has a food pantry project that has more than 160 receiving food on a monthly basis. Southeast Missouri Food Bank provides the food and the Center is responsible for distributing the boxes for the county. For more information on the Boxed Food Program and eligibility, contact Danielle Cogdill, by phone at 573-683-7551.
The Flame of Hope
United Methodist Church along with supporting area churches have collaborated to see that East Prairie residents in need of food have a pantry available two days a week. The food pantry is located on Washington Street in East Prairie and is open Monday and Thursday from 8:00 to 4:00pm. For more information on the food pantry in East Prairie, please refer to contact numbers listed on front door of pantry.