May 26, 2011
Department of Agriculture Raises Nearly $20,000 for Southern Missouri
In less than 24 hours, the Missouri Department of Agriculture collected more than $19,000 in donations for individuals affected by recent disasters in the southern portion of the state.
Staff members from the Missouri Department of Agriculture spearheaded a donation drive for the Food Bank of Central Missouri that included a challenge to other state agencies, community organizations and agriculture industry groups.
"Our hearts and prayers certainly go out to all of those affected by the tornadoes and severe storms in Joplin and to those trying to get back on their feet following flooding throughout the southern portion of our state," said Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler. "The response to these events is just one example of the power of Missourians helping Missourians in times of crisis. This is certainly a case when the worst of Mother Nature brings out the best of human nature."
Donations were headlined by a $10,000 commitment from Monsanto and $1,000 donations from the Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association, Missouri Renewable Fuels Association and FCS Financial.
Missouri Department of Agriculture employees came together to donate more than $1,500. The Missouri Egg Council donated $500 as well.
The event also included a barbecue lunch donated by Jefferson City businesses, including Bandana's BBQ, Hy-Vee, McAllister's Deli and FCS Financial.
"The Missouri Department of Agriculture has been a tremendous partner with organizations like the Food Bank of Central Missouri," said Executive Director Peggy Kirkpatrick. "We both have the same passion for feeding people."
The Department of Agriculture also announced the "Grow & Give" component of the 10,000 Garden Challenge with the news that the AgriMissouri team will be donating the produce from their Growing Together Garden to the Food Bank of Central Missouri. The announcement included a challenge to Missouri gardeners to donate a portion of their produce to Missouri's food banks and pantries as well.
Anyone interested in joining this effort or making a donation may contact Misti Preston at (573) 751-8596 or Misti.Preston@mda.mo.gov. Donations may be dropped off at the Missouri Department of Agriculture building in Jefferson City or made directly to the Food Bank of Central Missouri by contacting them at http://www.sharefoodbringhope.org/ or calling (800) 764-3663.
More information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs is available online at mda.mo.gov.