On November 18, 2021 Feeding Missouri presented its first ever Hunger Hero award during the 2021 Governor’s Conference on Agriculture. Dr. Alan Wessler received this award for his dedication and service to feeding children and engaging partners in the fight against hunger in Missouri.

Dr. Wessler has been a vocal advocate for the agriculture industry as it works to feed local communities and the growing, hungry world. He understands that hunger is a pervasive concern in Missouri and doesn’t only happen somewhere else. As Vice-Chair and former Chairman of Missouri Farmers Care Board of Directors, Dr. Wessler championed efforts to to convene non-profit and agriculture partners for the Drive to Feed Kids; an effort launched in 2017. To date the program has provided a total of 8,765,470 meals for Missouri families facing food insecurity and it continues to grow.

“Dr. Wessler has put tremendous effort into bringing together Missouri resources to help thousands of children in our state,” said Scott Baker, Executive Director of Feeding Missouri. “Not only does the Drive to Feed Kids provide food, it also positions children for better outcomes when it comes to health and education. Because of this, his impact will truly be felt for years to come.”

In Missouri, over 800 thousand people are facing hunger – and over 200 thousand of them are children. Partnerships and advocates like Dr. Wessler, who understand the need and are committed to finding solutions are invaluable to a hunger-free Missouri and a better future for Missouri kids.