Hungry residents in Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton and in 32 counties served by our food bank now have nutritious food, thanks to a record-breaking canned good drive from the Mizzou Homecoming Steering Committee.
MU senior Jonathan Jain, the Mizzou Homecoming tri-director, says they brought in about 132,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. He says that’s the record for the largest food drive ever held in Columbia for the food bank. The Tiger Pantry on Mizzou’s campus is one of the beneficiaries of the drive.
“We knew we wanted to break some records this Homecoming, and we shattered them. Homecoming is all about traditions, and improving our tradition of addressing food insecurity was a major focus this year,” Mr. Jain says, in a statement.
He notes Mizzou’s student organizations brought in almost 100,000 cans alone on September 29 for the “Tiger Food Fight” canned food drive. The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri partners with food pantries, schools, soup kitchens and shelters, including the Tiger Pantry. Columbia, Jefferson City, Fulton, Moberly, Mexico and Hannibal are all served by the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.
Jain describes seeing all of the canned goods in the Food Bank’s warehouse as one of the most incredible experiences that he’s ever had.