Cadets spent the month of December collecting food donations for the less fortunate of mid-Missouri. The Corps ended up gathering 3,000 cans of food, or roughly 2,700 pounds, for the Central Missouri Food Bank.
One way Missouri Military Academy cadets contribute to their community is by volunteering their time serving local organizations. The entire Corps of Cadets ventured around Mexico and surrounding areas Tuesday, October 2.
Some cadets traveled to Columbia to do their part. Whether it involved clearing brush from Mexico parks or spending time with veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home, cadets were ready to serve.
About 30 cadets volunteered in Columbia at the Central Missouri Food Bank preparing food to be distributed to the less fortunate in mid-Missouri. Other sites at which most of the Corps lent a hand included the city of Mexico and its parks, the Audrain County Historical Society, and a few community churches. This year, an additional 25 cadets headed to Auxvasse, about 10 miles south of Mexico, to assist city officials with cleanup around town.
The cadets’ service is not limited to Audrain County. Earlier this school year, LT Edsel Baker accompanied one group of cadets to Busch Stadium to help collect recyclables from fans in the stands during a St. Louis Cardinals game. Cadets also volunteer every Tuesday assembling food packages as part of the Central Missouri Food Bank’s “Buddy Packs” program.
Cadets participate in two community service days throughout the year, with the second occurring in May.
Missouri Military Academy cadets have long prided themselves on the service they volunteer throughout the school year. Another opportunity to help out in the Mexico, Mo. community has been presented to them for 2012-2013.
Middle School Principal MAJ Richards Boyce, also the coordinator of the Buddy Packs program at MMA, accompanied ten cadets to First Presbyterian Church to assist the Central Missouri Food Bank as volunteers from the organization set up the Mobile Food Pantry. Once a month those volunteers distribute goods to those in need in rural mid-Missouri communities.
During the school year, MMA cadets are going to lend a hand at the Mobile Food Pantry once a month. Every second Tuesday, those in need will come to the church and get full assistance from cadets.
From the moment they walk in to when they leave, they will have the help of an MMA cadet.
Barbara Green with the Central Missouri Food Bank says over 20,000 pounds of food are distributed at the Mobile Food Pantry each month.
“They were an enormous help,” she said of the cadets. “Many people who received food were commenting on [the cadets] willingness to help, and their great manners. They were extremely busy the entire time they were there.”
She added that 310 families, including 898 individuals, had a much easier time at the food bank because of the cadets. They will volunteer at the Mobile Food Pantry October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, and May 9.
500 Audrain Country children in need received food through a successful program sponsored by the Central Missouri Food Bank and Missouri Military Academy. On Wednesday, November 16, a large delivery headed their way as a result of MMA cadets’ volunteered hours with the “Buddy Pack” program.
Since the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, MMA cadets have volunteered their Tuesday evenings to collect and pack up donated food that helps feed hungry children in Mexico, Mo. Representatives from the Central Missouri Food Bank visited the school to help put together the delivery.
Middle School Principal MAJ Richards Boyce, who oversees the program at MMA, says it is very special to take part in the Buddy Packs program, and it is important for the cadets to learn the significance of charity and giving.
The Food Bank’s representatives assisted cadets in loading collected food into trucks to be distributed. This is the second year the two groups have teamed up to fight hunger in Audrain County.