KENNETT, MO (KAIT) - A local ministry is on a mission to combat hunger in the Missouri Bootheel.
Helping Hand in Kennett serves food to about 600 families every month.
Co-Director Sue McFarlin said many more could benefit from the organization, but they do not know it's available to them.
"They can come once a month to receive food if they meet the 125 percent poverty level or 150 percent disability," McFarlin said. "Very few people don't qualify."
McFarlin said they easily spend about five thousand dollars every month on food. But this still does not even begin to satisfy the hunger in Dunklin County.
"It's hard for a lot of people to get here and make it. It really is. They're just so dependent on other people for help. We've just gotta help where we can," McFarlin said.
Helping Hand volunteers feed clients ranging in age from 18 to 92 years old.