Sunday, June 5, 2011

Missouri Farmers Reaching Out To Families In Need

Missouri Farmers Care along with the Missouri State Fair and Ford auto dealers announced today a summer-long food drive campaign to benefit Missouri’s six food banks.

Concluding with “Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday!” at the 2011 Missouri State Fair, the campaign aims to help the roughly 343,000 Missourians experiencing hunger.

Beginning in June, Missouri Ford dealerships will collect canned food donations through Aug. 15 in exchange for dollar-off Missouri State Fair admission coupons. Additionally, Missouri farmers and Ford will collect canned food items at the fair entrance Tuesday, Aug. 16 for a one dollar discount on fair admission.

“We look forward to working closely with the Missouri State Fair and Ford to help those in need,” said Missouri Farmers Care Chairman Don Nikodim. “Nearly 16 percent of our state faces food insecurity, with many of those individuals living in rural areas. By collecting food and partnering with the state’s food banks we can help provide safe, nutritious food to families in need.”

The announcement was made during a live AgriTalk broadcast at The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri. Participating adults may redeem dollar-off coupons for up to four canned food items; seniors three; and children a maximum of one item. All donations collected will be distributed to the six Missouri food banks that serve the state’s 114 counties.

Additional information regarding Missouri Farmers Care and Missouri agriculture can be found at

Food Before Profit

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