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Food insecurity is affecting a significant number of seniors, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. A recently released report found 12% of Missouri seniors did not have consistent access to food in 2015.

Close to 170,000 older Missourians — or 1 in 8 of the state’s seniors — suffer from food insecurity. That’s when a person can’t safely access healthy food due to cost, lack of transportation or other factors. With seniors in already-vulnerable health, a lack of healthy food can cause new health conditions and make existing ones such as high blood pressure or diabetes more serious.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, May 26, 2010 - A church is the people, not the building, says the pastor of the Good News Baptist Church in Jennings, and so when the roof fell in two Saturdays ago, the people gathered the next morning in an adjoining building for Sunday worship.

Then, as the workweek began, the people picked up their mission and went about feeding the hungry of the neighborhood just as they always do.