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Oct. 31, 2012
Sometimes families have to make tough decisions about which bills to pay, and that leaves them short on funds for food. Because of this, 17,000 kids in northwest Missouri go to bed hungry at night.
That’s why KXCV-KRNW, the award-winning National Public Radio affiliate based at Northwest Missouri State University, has teamed up with students from the University’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) to raise food and funding to fight hunger in the region.
On Saturday, Nov. 10, prior to the Bearcat football game, Northwest students and KXCV-KRNW staff members will be stationed at the entrance gates to Bearcat Stadium.
Barrels will be in place for fans to drop off non-perishable food items, and cash donations will be accepted. Football fans are encouraged to donate one non-perishable food item or a single dollar as they enter the stadium.
“We’re offering people their choice of two ways to help fight food insecurity in our region,” said Venus Brown, membership development and events coordinator for KXCV-KRNW.
All food items will be donated to the Ministry Center in Maryville, and all cash donations will go to Second Harvest Community Food Bank for its Backpack Buddies program.
Backpack Buddies provides backpacks filled with healthy food for the weekend to students in northwest Missouri. Each backpack includes a breakfast, lunch and snack. Four food menus are used throughout the year so children don’t grow tired of the options.
“The Backpack Buddies program gives kids a better opportunity to reach their full potential,” Brown said. “Kids who eat consistent, healthy meals are more likely to concentrate in class and less likely to miss school due to illness.”
Suggested non-perishable food items for the Ministry Center include canned meat, canned vegetables, spaghetti, soup and Jell-O. “Canned sweet potatoes and other non-perishable foods for Thanksgiving meals are also encouraged,” Brown said.
For more information about the Nov. 10 collection event, contact Brown at 660.562.1163.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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