Food collected by the local FFA chapters and at the local Ford dealerships will go to food pantries in the respective communities, and the food collected at the Missouri State Fair will be picked up and distributed by the Missouri Food Bank Association (MFBA).
A Canstruction(r) project will support the food drive again this year, serving as a visual reminder of food products that farmers bring to tables every day. A massive mural of the FFA emblem will be painted with nearly 6,000 yellow and blue cans of food and on display in the Agriculture Building Aug. 8-18. Fairgoers will have an opportunity to purchase a can of food at the exhibit during the Fair and place the can in an unfinished element of the emblem; these monetary donations will go to the MFBA.
Canstruction(r) is a trademarked professional design/build competition and community service project sponsored by the Society for Design Administration. Mid-Missouri's architects, engineers and students create giant structures built with canned food. The events showcase the ingenuity of the design community, while benefiting food banks in Missouri. The Fair's exhibit is being designed and directed by project engineer Patrick Earney of Trabue, Hansen & Hinshaw, Inc. of Columbia. Bing's Grocery Stores of Sedalia is donating the food for the project.
The 111th Missouri State Fair, themed "Chicks Dig It!," will be held Aug. 8-18 in Sedalia. For more information about the food drive or the State Fair, visit the State Fair website, or follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Missouri State Fair