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.
Joshua John ’18 moves down the line at the Mobile Food Pantry Thursday, September 13. Cadets will push carts and load cars for those in need once every month.
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.