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Southeast Missouri Food Bank


In a time of pandemic, as grocery stories try to keep up, the Southeast Missouri Food Bank is also working to help with the demand, especially as it applies to those in need. 

“SEMO Food Bank has seen a dramatic increase already for demand for food assistance due to COVID-19 economic impacts,” says Joey Keys, the organization’s President and CEO. 

The Food Bank has 140 agencies throughout their network in the service area. He says in this time of need, other organizations are looking to work together. 

Old Town Cape

Old Town Cape is staying connected with Cape Girardeau's Downtown Businesses and finding creative ways to keep the community engaged including participating in the "Great American Takeout" and hosting a Virtual Bingo.

Tunes at Twilight and the Cape Riverfront Market have both been postponed, according to Haynes. She told us that they have set up a resource on their website for those who would like to connect with their favorite local vendor if they would like to purchase food.

We spoke with Liz Haynes, Executive Director of Old Town Cape.

To prepare for the financial effects of the Coronavirus, United Way of Southeast Missouri has a established a COVID-19 fund to help those whose incomes will be impacted.

Dan Woods spoke with Executive Director Elizabeth Shelton.

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Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order on Wednesday postponing municipal elections originally on April 7 across the state to June 2 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes after Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Friday. 

Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark Summers says election officials have been in conversation with the Secretary of State and Governor’s Office.

“We don’t want to put the [polling locations and election judges] in harm’s way,” Summers says.


The registration deadline and the absentee ballot mail date have both passed, but for those who are ready for the election, it’s coming up next week. 

If you missed the deadline for the presidential preference primary, there’s a separate deadline for the general election in November-- which will be October 7th. Statewide office primaries will be coming up in August.

With the upcoming April election, Summers says voters should get informed ahead of time.