Hundreds of children in lake area school districts benefit from The Church at Osage Hills' Buddy Pack Ministry each year. In order to pack and deliver thousands of buddy packs each school year to Tuscumbia, Versailles, Iberia and School of the Osage, it takes the entire lake community.

Hundreds of children in lake area school districts benefit from The Church at Osage Hills' Buddy Pack Ministry each year. In order to pack and deliver thousands of buddy packs each school year to Tuscumbia, Versailles, Iberia and School of the Osage, it takes the entire lake community.

Corporate sponsors of the program were recognized on Wednesday when program director Jon Mark Hott along with Children's Pastor LaDonna Beckmeyer visited each company.

Without companies like Missouri Furniture which donates warehouse space and trucks or Wal Mart in Osage Beach which donates banana boxes to deliver the packs in, such a large program would not exist.

One Camdenton company allows employees to volunteer during work hours and donates $10 an hour per volunteer. Speedline whose parent company is Illinois Tool Works based out of Chicago sent 20 volunteers each month during the school year to help unload the food, set up the packing stations, sort through the food items and helped deliver food to the school districts.

During the 2013-2014 school year, 20 Speedline employees volunteered for a total of 93 hours which then turned into a $930 donation. The donation was then used to purchase more food for the program.

"I think it's great that we have as a corporation a presence in our community to help hungry children," buyer for Speedline Debbie Carnahan said.

This school year alone, the program fed more than 300 students each weekend which totaled more than 12,500 buddy packs for the entire year.

Hott and Beckmeyer also stopped by Tri-Co Dock, Osage Beach Wal Mart, Menard's Lake Ozark, Big Surf Waterpark and Missouri Furniture Warehouse to show their appreciation.