St. James Winery’s first annual campaign against childhood hunger, which began in March and ran through the end of May 2013, raised a total of $14,100 in support of child feeding programs throughout the state of Missouri.

“The St. James Winery family is so thankful for the generosity of our customers who supported our efforts to feed Missouri children,” said Peter Hofherr, CEO of St. James Winery. “We weren’t sure what to expect for a grand total, but we are thrilled with the $14,100 we raised. Now we can’t wait until next year to see if we can beat the mark we’ve established with our 2013 campaign.

Monies from St. James Winery’s fund-raising efforts were divided among the six food banks in Missouri: Ozarks Food Harvest (Southwest Missouri); Southeast Missouri Food Bank; St. Louis Area Foodbank; Harvesters Community Food Network (Kansas City Area); Second Harvest Community Foodbank (Northwest Missouri); and the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

The Missouri Food Bank Association distributes more than 90 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 2,000 community programs, including the child-feeding programs for kids. The MFBA and its local food bank child-feeding programs are active in every county in the state of Missouri and serve tens of thousands of at-risk children each year.