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Individuals supported in ACS (posing with their certificates) & ACT employees. L to R: James, Josh, Robert, Brandy, Mark, Robert, Jessica, Paul, Jason, Davin Karrie.

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ACS employees, Food Bank employees, & Individuals supported in ACS (posing with their certificates). L to R: Karrie, Kimberly, Melanie, Brittany, Davin, Emily, Lindsay.

The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri honored several individuals that receive Job Preparation services through ACT Career Services (ACS).

Each month the Food Bank celebrates dedicated volunteers by adding them to the “Volunteer Hall of Fame” plaque. The ACS individuals recently recognized have been working on job skills while providing volunteer services to the Food Bank.

Volunteer Programs Supervisor Melanie Lake is thrilled to have groups representing ACT there. “The Food Bank is proud to have developed such a great relationship with ACT and fortunate to have consistent groups providing valuable volunteer services for us,” Lake says.

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The Food Bank Volunteer Hall of Fame (see ACT in the 2nd column).

Davin Tipton, ACS Career Specialist, has been instrumental in developing the great relationship between the two agencies. He saw that both agencies would benefit from the partnership.

The Food Bank gets a steady flow of hands, making it possible to provide food for over 104,000 people a month. The individuals ACS supports are developing as employees while doing meaningful work.

“It is exciting for us to see the individuals’ skill level and self-esteem grow to a point where they are doing the work on their own,” says Lake.