Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas is a severely economically distressed area. Currently, the free and reduced lunch rate is 60 percent or more in some school districts within the region. Citizens also have difficulty accessing food due to large food deserts that exist across the region. As a matter of fact, some parts of Second Harvest's service area only have one grocery store and one food pantry in the entire county.
Second Harvest reaches many of these food insecure families through our network of over 100 Partner Agencies and direct service programs.