A handshake means a lot in Boonville, especially when both parties are working to better the quality of life for local families.

BOONVILLE – A handshake means a lot in Boonville, especially when both parties are working to better the quality of life for local families.
Local residents have put the task in their hands to combat hunger. Utilizing their own resources, several area people are hoping they can help several families have decent meals.
Around three years ago the City of Boonville and the Isle of Capri Casino helped start a fund with the Boonville Legacy Foundation. These funds would later be used to help provide food for the less fortunate.
Local resident Donald Scott applied for a $2,500 grant to help start a fund to provide meat for the food pantry. The grant was approved. It did not take long for that $2,500 to turn into $10,000.
This was accomplished by utilizing Scott’s own charity, called Harvest for the Hungry. This charity matched the $2,500, which made the total $5,000.
Soon another charity headed by Bill Buffet (Invest an Acre) matched the $5,000, making the final amount, $10,000.
Now, 6,000-7,000 pounds of ground pork will be purchased and given to local food pantries.
With the help of volunteers the local food pantries will be able to distribute the meat to many families in Cooper County.
While this all started via a grant from the Boonville Legacy Fund, it grew substantially.
On Wednesday, the funds were given to the Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry, who service hundreds of families in Cooper and south Howard County.