(Joplin, MO) – Grant funding has been awarded to the Lion Co-op Food and Personal Hygiene Pantry, as well as to Missouri Southern State University’s (MSSU) Wellness program.
The $10,642 grant awarded to the co-op by the No Kid Hungry campaign will go toward supplying weekend snack packs to children ages one to five who qualify for state or tribal financial assistance attending Lion Cub Academy.
The national program assists in meeting the nutritional needs of children who may not be getting adequate food over the weekend. According to Dr. Andrea Cullers, director of the Lion Co-op, the year-long grant funding will provide bags of shelf-stable food for at least one year, at which point the need will be reassessed.
“The Lion Co-op works to decrease food insecurity for all members of the Lion community, and we’re excited that through the No Kid Hungry grant funding we can help meet the needs of our littlest lions at the Lion Club Academy,” said Cullers.
The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has also awarded up to $6,000 to help defray the cost of outdoor fitness equipment, which will be installed near the new one-mile walking path. The equipment will include elements which will allow students and employees additional opportunities to work areas of agility, balance, flexibility, muscle strength, core work, and aerobic fitness.
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