Columbia bus route change maintains connection to Central Pantry

Riders wait for other passengers to board a city bus this spring.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri last year announced its intention to move Central Pantry from Big Bear Boulevard to 705 Business Loop 70 W, former home of a Moser’s grocery store.

At the time, this planned move meant the pantry would go from having a Columbia city bus stop 800 feet away to between three-quarters and 1 1/2 miles away.

An announcement last week from Go COMO, the city’s bus service, remedied that concern.

Ten new stops are being added — and at least in one case added back — to the city’s gold bus route effective next Monday.

Previously: Central Pantry’s move to the Business Loop in 2023 could impact Columbia bus routes

“We were thrilled to find out there had previously been a stop in the location, so the infrastructure for a bus stop was already in place,” wrote Katie Adkins, The Food Bank’s director of communication and marketing, in an email to the Tribune. “… We are so grateful that the new bus route will make access to the new location readily available to more neighbors.”