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Score Campaign Now Includes Knox County
Columbia Orthopaedic Group has become the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Missouri Tigers Score Against Hunger campaign, which will be held in Knox 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 134,000 pounds of food in Knox 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.”
Fighting Hunger in Knox County
By Echo Menges
In Knox County there are a number of organizations working to ensure our citizens do not go hungry. Currently state and local organizations are working to ensure that rising food prices won’t keep food off the table for local families.
Two organizations are on the front lines of fighting hunger locally. They are the Knox County Food Cupboard, which distributes food monthly, and the Knox County Food Pantry, which distributes food in emergency situations. Both organizations are centrally located in Edina and their services are available to every citizen in the county no matter their circumstance.
The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri (TFB) supplies the Knox County Food Cupboard and makes the monthly distribution of food items possible. TFB is the Food Cupboard’s sole supplier.