Join Food Drive at Missouri State Fair

Join Food Drive at Missouri State Fair

Missouri Farmers Care to join Ford for State Fair promotion to drive down hunger in Missouri and build consumer connections to agriculture.

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced last week that a new food drive event at the 109th Missouri State Fair in August will serve a three-fold purpose: to help alleviate hunger, to provide further education about the important role of Missouri farmers, and, to offer a discount on gate admission at the fair. 

The event, titled, Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday, in cooperation with Ford and Missouri farmers, will provide an opportunity for the public to donate canned food items to benefit the Missouri Food Bank Association. In exchange, donors can receive half-price gate admission on Aug. 16. 

Members of the Missouri Farmers Care coalition announced a summer-long food drive in partnership with the Missouri State Fair and Ford auto dealers at The Foodbank for Central & Northeast Missouri in Columbia. Pictured (from left) are Estil Fretwell, Missouri Farm Bureau; Becky Frankenbach, Missouri Corn Growers Association; Mike Adams, AgriTalk; Paul Backman, Syngenta; Chris Chinn, swine producer, Clarence; Mark Wolfe, Missouri State Fair; J.P. Dunn, Missouri Soybean Association; and Whitney Wallace, Missouri Beef Industry Council.

"The idea originated from a request received more than a year ago from the director of the Missouri Food Bank Association," Wolfe said. "Coupled with an interest to further educate the public on agriculture, the State Fair Commission elected to combine the causes into a new event day.

"Food collection will actually initiate in early June at Ford dealerships across Missouri," Wolfe explained. "This partnership will help increase our collection efforts over the summer, and then culminate at the gate on Aug. 16 for a more significant contribution for the six food bank locations." 

According to MFBA State Director Scott Baker, many people do not realize that hunger is a serious problem in Missouri. He believes that the first step to solving the problem is to raise awareness, which is what the new event day at the fair can help achieve.

"Food banks and pantries are able to help those in need through the generosity of Missourians," Baker said. "Thanks to Ford, Missouri Farmers Care coalition and the State Fair, we can provide thousands of meals to hungry Missourians."

Starting in June, local Ford dealerships will give a $1 off gate admission coupon for every can collected. You can the redeem the coupons at any admission gate on Tuesday, Aug. 16, for discounts up to one-half of the regular price for adult, senior and child admission tickets. Canned food items will also be accepted for coupons at Centennial Gate on Aug. 16.

Some special activities on this day will include Missouri Farmers Trivia Contests on the Kids and Touchstone Energy Stages to entertain guests while providing them with interesting agriculture facts.

In addition, more daily activities will be offered at the 11-day fair that focus on the important role of Missouri farmers. Children ages 2 to 10 can be entertained daily at the new Missouri Farmers Care Market inside the Family Fun Center. Playtime there will be rewarded with an offer to visit the Agriculture Building where the children will receive a free, wholesome snack from the AgriMissouri Farmers' Market.

FYI

To learn more about Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday, and to see a complete list of daily activities visit www.mostatefair.com

The Missouri State Fair is Aug. 11-21 in Sedalia, and is themed "It's A Show-Me Thing!"

 Source: Missouri State Fair

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