Catholic Charities Receives $3,243 Donation for a New Upright Refrigerator from The Food Bank

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) announced today that they are a recipient of a $3,243 grant from The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri (The Food Bank) to help provide hunger-relief to Cole County families. The funds have been used to purchase a glass-door upright refrigerator that will be utilized to serve Mid-Missouri residents facing hunger in Catholic Charities’ new food pantry, currently being built in their future home in Jefferson City.

Catholic Charities, which serves a 38-county region, is one of The Food Bank’s more than 140 partner agencies across its 32-county service area in central and northeast Missouri. This grant is in addition to the food regularly provided by The Food Bank to Catholic Charities for local distribution.

Through a partnership with The Food Bank and the USDA, Catholic Charities’ Health and Nutrition Services staff members currently distribute cheese and shelf-stable foods to more than 150 low-income senior adult households each month in Cole County via the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). “We continue enrolling more clients into the program each month, and the donation of the Two-Glass-Door-Display-Commercial-Reach-In-Upright-Refrigerator will help us keep the cheese fresh before delivery. Once our pantry refurbishment is completed, in the summer of 2021, the refrigerator will be an ideal way for foods to be clearly displayed for clients to have the dignity to make their own selections. We are grateful for the donation,” said Judith Mutamba, director of Health and Nutrition Services at Catholic Charities.

The grant is one piece of $179,000 in Capacity Building Grants that The Food Bank is providing to 23 partner agencies in 13 counties. The funding, made possible by Feeding America, will help increase local abilities to help people facing food insecurity.

To support the creation of the Catholic Charities’ client-choice food pantry or ongoing Health and Nutrition Services program, please visit To learn more about Catholic Charities, visit To learn more about The Food Bank, visit

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Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri (CCCNMO) is committed to our mission of providing care and creating hope. CCCNMO is the social services outreach arm of the Diocese of Jefferson City which provides a range of program and services to those in need in a 38-county service area regardless of faith, culture or situation. Programs include Community Services (Disaster Services, Housing Counseling, and Immigrant Outreach & Hispanic Case Management); Health and Nutrition Services; Refugee Resettlement; Immigration Services; and Parish Social Ministries. For more information, visit:

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri (The Food Bank) is a regional disaster and hunger relief network that distributes around 30 million pounds of food annually to partners across a 32-county service area. A member of Feeding America, The Food Bank works with manufacturers, wholesalers, processors, growers, retailers and restaurants to secure donations and food at reduced costs. The Food Bank works with more than 140 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other agencies to ensure food gets into the hands of those who need it most.