Loaves and Fishes program makes temporary changes

Posted: Apr. 1, 2020 12:00 pm

HANNIBAL | The Harvest Outreach Loaves and Fishes program has been feeding the needy in Hannibal for years, and meals are needed now more than ever.

With the help and support of the Hannibal Nutrition Center, numerous churches, organizations and individuals, the feeding program has been able to continue amid the COVID-19 pandemic with no interruption, only modifications. The Hannibal Nutrition Center has also been affected by changes resulting from the situation surrounding COVID-19, but is still providing curbside pick-up of meals to seniors, along with normal home-delivered meals.

Harvest Outreach Ministries contacted the Hannibal Nutrition Center to ask about a price quote for providing meals for the needy. A very reasonable quote was given, and meals are being purchased in $1,000 increments thanks to the generosity of many supporters. A ticket is required to pick up a meal, which allows for tracking and food preparation purposes. The nutrition center orders food, prepares the lunches and distributes them on behalf of the Loaves and Fishes program, which reduces the number of people requiring outside exposure to maintain and run the program. This partnership between Harvest Outreach, Loaves and Fishes and the Nutrition Center, enables all to better serve our community which has also been placed under economic hardship by the COVID-19 virus.

“It's a win/win situation. People need food. The Nutrition Center needs financial support during the crisis, and community members are given the opportunity to make a difference by helping both groups by donating financially,” said Amy Vaughn, who is working with Harvest Outreach to organize this program.

Margee Tucker, executive director of the Hannibal Nutrition Center, agreed that the partnership will help out many people in need.

“It's time's like this we all have to work together, and we are so happy that we can be a partner in this project to make a difference for so many!” said Margee Tucker, director of the Hannibal Nutrition Center.

This meal program will only be available as long as funding allows. Donation opportunities are available by mail to Harvest Outreach, 1732 Hope St., Hannibal, Mo. 63401, with a notation in the memo for Loaves and Fishes. Donations also may be made online at

Sack lunch meals will be available Monday-Friday for pick-up between 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Nutrition Center, 219 S. 10th Street in Hannibal. Anyone who needs a meal qualifies for the service.

A ticket or reservation is required for first the meal pick-up. Reservations must be made by 9 a.m., for same day meal pick-up. To make arrangements or to request meals, please contact Harvest Outreach at 573-693-7365, Loaves and Fishes option or email


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