Food insecurity, defined by Webster as unable to consistently access or afford adequate food, is a problem in many rural communities within the United States. Statistics from the Food Resource and Action Center (FRAC) on food insecurity in Missouri show that from 2014 to 2016, 345,912 households were food insecure, and 15.7 percent of households struggled against food hardship during 2015. Buckner Farmers Street Market is helping to mitigate food insecurity in the area. The Market, recently launched by the Buckner Chamber of Commerce, is located on the corner of Adams and Hudson Street in downtown Buckner and runs every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. through October.

Expect to find fresh produce, honey, meats and poultry, homemade sauces, jams and jellies, baked goods, plants and flowers, antiques and homemade crafts. Vendors, including nonprofits, are invited to showcase their goods and services free of charge. “Welcoming nonprofits to the Market to help them fundraise is the Chamber’s way of giving back,” said Kim Pittman, owner of Lifetime Investments. Pittman said the Chamber is actively seeking for-profit and nonprofit vendors throughout the duration of the Market’s 2018 season.

Plans are also underway to enable food items to be purchased at the Market using food stamps. Individuals needing immediate assistance may contact these local food pantries:

Community Services League
Wednesday 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1001 South Sibley
Buckner, Mo. 64016

Miracle Dish
816.507.0505 (RSVP with Emily Ford)
216 South Osage
Buckner, Mo. 64016

Lexington Food Pantry
Fourth Thursday of each month 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
914 Franklin Avenue
Lexington, Mo. 64067

Odessa Community Services
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
212 South Second
Odessa, Mo. 64076

For more information about the Buckner Farmers Street Market, call 816.588.4626, or visit