Downstream Casino Resort is making its semi-annual Food Bank donations this week, distributing 20 tons of canned food to eight food banks and food pantries in five counties around the region.
“We are in our 10th year now of fighting hunger in our region and trying to raise awareness of the problem and lead by example to urge everyone to do what they can to help,” said Downstream Chairman John Berrey.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual “Food Insecurity” study shows the Tri-State Region of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas losing the battle against hunger. About 17 percent of the region’s households experience food insecurity, and about 6 percent of households have “very low food security.” Those numbers are up over previous years, and that puts the region near the top of the nation’s list of food-insecure regions.
This week the casino is delivering about 40,000 canned vegetables to food banks and pantries in Ottawa County, Okla., Cherokee and Crawford counties, Kan., Jasper County, Mo., and Benton and Washington counties, Ark.