2016 Pounds Shipped to Benton County:
We work with the following agencies to get nutritional food to those in need in Benton County:
BENTON COUNTY FOOD PANTRY
SOUP & MORE COMMUNITY KITCHEN
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Score Campaign Now Includes Benton County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Benton County for the first time ever.
The campaign is The Food Bank’s largest fundraising effort. Each fall, it challenges University of Missouri football fans to get in on the action by pledging a dollar amount per point scored during the season or by directing an outright gift to the Tigers’ campaign.
Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger began in 1995 under then MU Football Head Coach Larry Smith and continued under the helm of Coach Gary Pinkel. This year, Head Coach Barry Odom has agreed to carry on the tradition and participate.
“With excitement around a new season under a new coach, we decided it was a good year to expand the campaign to all of our counties,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director. “We know there are Tigers fans throughout central and northeast Missouri, so we wanted to make sure they had an opportunity to participate, as well.”
Donations from Score go directly into the acquisition and distribution of food to those in need. As of June 30, the half-way point in the fiscal year, The Food Bank had distributed more than 520,700 pounds in Benton County.
Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger also encourages businesses and individuals to make leadership gifts, and those who do so are invited to a Victory Luncheon at the end of the season featuring Coach Odom. Columbia Orthopaedic Group has reached the Touchdown line, the highest sponsorship level possible.
“Columbia Orthopaedic Group has been a tremendous partner to us over the years,” Lopez said. “We hope the group’s example inspires others to join us in the ongoing fight against hunger in our communities.”
Warsaw Walmart Helps Fight Hunger
The Warsaw Walmart participated in the annual “Fight Hunger, Spark Change.” campaign, a nationwide initiative calling on the public to take action in the fight against hunger.
Warsaw Walmart shoppers participated by purchasing special products marked as part of the “Fight Hunger, Spark Change.” campaign, by making a donation at the check-out aisle or by participating in the campaign through social media.
“We really appreciate Walmart’s ongoing commitment to fighting hunger,” said Darren White, the regional coordinator for The Food Bank. “This campaign is a convenient way for shoppers to join us in our fight against hunger.”
Locally, one in six adults faces hunger. In Benton County, The Food Bank works with the Benton County Food Pantry to provide food to those in need at no charge. Additionally, The Food Bank provides Buddy Packs to low-income children at several area schools. Last year, The Food Bank distributed more than 1 million pounds of food to Benton County.