Missouri Farmers Care announced the conclusion of a summer-long food drive and Canstruction project that resulted in over 11,500 pounds of food being donated to Missouri's food banks and food pantries.
Partners include the Missouri State Fair, Midwest Ford Dealers, St. Louis Ford Dealers, Bing's Grocery Stores of Sedalia, Canstruction, Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc.,
Peckham & Wright Architects, and Missouri Farmers Care
The food pantry of Sedalia will receive the 7,000 pounds of food that are part of the full-sized Ford F-250 Super Duty Canstruction project. Bing's Grocery Stores of Sedalia donated the cans for this project that also had the support of Midwest Ford Dealers, St. Louis Ford Dealers, Missouri Farmers Care, Canstruction Mid-Missouri of Columbia-Jefferson City, and the State Fair. Engineers from Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc. and architects from Peckham & Wright Architects, Inc. designed and oversaw the construction of the canned-food sculpture (pictured below).
In addition to this donation, the Missouri Food Bank Association will receive 3,500 pounds of food collected on Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday day at the State Fair. Fairgoers received $1 off of admission for each can of food that they donated, up to half off their admission ticket.
"Missouri Farmers Care is proud to be a part of bringing over 11,500 total pounds of food to help Missouri families," Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Don Nikodim said. "This historic drought has been hard on farmers but we are committed to helping feed the world and that starts right here at home in Missouri."
"Thousands of Missouri families struggle with hunger every week," Missouri Food Bank Association State Director Scott Baker said. "No county is immune. This food drive comes at a very opportune time. High unemployment rates continue to linger and economic challenges abound. Thanks to our partners, the State Fair Food Drive will help provide thousands of meals to hungry Missourians. We are very thankful that Missouri Farmers Care, the State Fair, Ford Dealers and all of our partners have decided to make hunger relief in Missouri a top priority."
When it comes to hunger, rural regions have the highest concentrations of high need counties in Missouri.
Concluding the announcement, Nikodim said "This was an amazing partnership. The State Fair, Canstruction® Mid-Missouri of Columbia-Jefferson City, Midwest Ford Dealers, St. Louis Ford Dealers, Bing's Grocery Stores of Sedalia, and Missouri Farmers Care all worked together to bring attention to food insecurity and collect food for our state's food banks and pantries. I want to thank everyone that participated in making these events a success."
Source: Missouri Famers Care