A group of caring farmers will collect canned food items from fair-goers in exchange for discounted tickets at the gates of the Missouri State Fair on Tuesday, Aug. 16, to aid in the fight against hunger.
The farmers, representing various farm commodity groups who are members of the Missouri Farmers Care coalition, will help collect food for what is a larger problem than most realize in Missouri. According to USDA, 139,000 Missourians receive emergency food assistance in any given week.
The food drive event, known as Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday, in cooperation with Ford Motor Co., also benefits fair-goers, who can receive $1 off a ticket for each can of food donated, up to half off the total. Adults can receive up to $4 off their $8 ticket with four donated food cans; senior tickets can be discounted by $3 and children's tickets by $1.
The food drive for hungry Missourians campaign began in early June. Since then, people have traveled to Missouri Ford dealerships to donate non-perishable items, helping to grow the contribution to the Missouri Food Bank Association and its six primary locations, as well as local pantries.
Missouri Farmers Care advocates on behalf of more than 108,000 farms in the state that provide both food and jobs to local communities. Its members include: Cargill, FCS Financial, Missouri Agribusiness Association, Missouri Beef Industry Council Inc., Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Corn, Midwest Dairy Association, Missouri Dairy Association Missouri Dairy Growth Council Missouri Egg Council Inc., Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Pet Breeders, Missouri Pork Association, Missouri Rural Electric Cooperatives, Missouri Soybeans, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, MFA Inc., Missouri Federation of Animal Owners; and United Producers Inc.