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goods. By the way, the Tigers always won that game. So did the thousands of fans who watched football at Faurot for the price of a couple of cans of corn. Now in its 20th year, Mizzou’s Score Against Hunger campaign has raised more than $7.2 million for food banks in Missouri, providing more than 111.6 million meals. This season’s goal is lofty: raise a million dollars, which converts into 12.5 million meals. According to the food bank, “the funds are restricted to acquire and distribute food, free of charge, to 131 hunger relief agencies including soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless and abused, food pantries and 141 elementary schools through the Buddy Pack Program.” To score against hunger, simply make a donation, or pledge a certain dollar amount for every point that the Tigers score this football season. At the end of the season, make your tax-deductible contribution to the food bank. Some of the fundraising efforts are downright statuesque. The food bank entered Jewel, a gold and glass tiger statue, to raise funds along with a dozen other Bengal beneficiaries in the highly visible Tigers On The Prowl campaign. One of the most effective food drives each year comes to your doorstep courtesy of the mailman. The local food bank joins with letter carriers to help stage the National Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Every second Saturday in May, postal carriers and their customers join in the largest one-day food drive in the nation. It doesn’t get any easier than clearing a few cans and packages out of your pantry and putting them in the handy grocery bag provided by the mailman. And never fear, somebody out there likes hominy and beets. A few years back, the food bank began accepting certain perishables such as meat and potatoes, a welcome addition that heightened another critical need: volunteers, to help speed up the turnaround time. Last summer the food bank posted an urgent message on its website: “The Food Bank is receiving 30 pallets of potatoes and 9 pallets of fresh meat product that needs to be worked up ASAP!” The warehouse was short of volunteers because of summer vacations, and they needed to move thousands of pounds of perishables fast. It’s easy to hear Peggy’s voice in this call for help. “We will take young and

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INSIDE COLUMBIA NOVEMBER 2014

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