SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - More and more people are asking for help with food in Greene County. That's why two nonprofit agencies have teamed up to try to help families and children in northwest Springfield.
The Springfield Dream Center is a safe place where kids can play a little ball after cracking the books. From its headquarters at 829 W. Atlantic St., at Hamlin Memorial Baptist Church west of Grant Avenue, it serves families in northwest Springfield’s City Council Zone One.
"We kind of look at what keeps people stuck at that poverty line or right below it, what are those gaps, that if we help fill the gap then it allows people to see things differently,” said executive director Jody Glazner.
A big part of that gap is a basic necessity: food. That’s why the Dream Center and Crosslines joined forces this week. Crosslines opened a new satellite food pantry inside the Dream Center's building to let the agencies better serve Zone One.
"One in four are food insecure in Springfield. And now you're talking about a neighborhood that has high poverty rates over here, so that number is going to be considerably higher just in this community over here,” said Tom Faulkner, director of Crosslines.
Faulkner says families without adequate food face a number of challenges: children have trouble focusing in school classes and parents may not perform as well at their jobs.
The Crosslines @ the DC pantry should alleviate some of the food insecurity. It operates in the same manner as the main Crosslines facility and people have their pick of a well-stocked pantry. Milk, eggs, and meat fill refrigerators, fresh produce brim bins, and canned and boxed food line shelves.
With Crosslines satellite pantry inside the Dream Center, both agencies can work together to offer a hand up.
"If we can fill the gap so that someone can see what's possible, then we can walk along that path with them,” said Glazner.
The Crosslines @ the DC satellite pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and again Wednesday nights for an hour starting at 7.