Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will host the first annual Heart for the Hungry Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will host the first annual Heart for the Hungry Food Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.

Canned goods, non-perishable food items, diapers, and other basic necessities may be dropped off at the Madison Street gate of the Governor’s Mansion at 100 Madison in Jefferson City.

“Whether it be across the state or across the street, there are countless Missourians whose lives will be touched by the generosity of everyone who makes a donation this Saturday. It is our goal to collect 2,019 items that will be sent to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia, Missouri,” Parson said.

“February is the month of love, a time for celebrating Valentine’s Day and remembering those we hold dear to us. Let us open our hearts to those who need our help by donating to Heart for the Hungry,” First Lady Teresa Parson said.

Lindsey Young Lopez, executive director of the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, said, “One in six adults and one in five children in Missouri lack regular access to nutritious food. We are so grateful to the Governor and First Lady for their support of our mission and to those individuals, families, and partners who are helping us share food and bring hope to those we serve.”

Those who make a donation on Saturday during the food drive are welcome to take a special weekend tour of the Governor’s Mansion. Anyone who is unable to participate in person is encouraged to make a non-perishable or monetary contribution to their local food pantry.