Last week, MU students arrived at grocery stores around Columbia to collect nonperishable food items from peanut butter and jelly to juice boxes and granola bars. Students asked Columbia residents to donate these items on their way out of the stores in front of Wal-Marts on Broadway, Conley Rd and Nifong, and Gerbes on Nifong.
Students put in 1,064 volunteer hours between Oct. 6-Oct.10, gathering hundreds of dollars of donations in the name of Mizzou Homecoming and the Central Missouri Food Bank. On Thursday alone, volunteers gathered 849 pounds of food, filling up the purple barrels and overflowing the food onto the ground around it.
Strategy was different for each volunteer. Some were soft-spoken, passing out flyers for Tigers Taming Hunger with a shy smile and a pleading look, while others stepped out boldly into the crowded looking to persuade people to take action, even walking with them, informing them about the event.
Together, students worked hard during an unusually sweltering week to make sure the Food Bank received loads and loads of plastic bags filled with peanut butter crackers, canned corn, ravioli, canned peas and Campbell’s Tomato soup. The bags filled up the barrels, spilled over to the trunks of cars, and eventually covered the floor of the Homecoming room in the Reynolds Alumni Center.
Widespread Columbia participation and hardworking volunteers make it possible to give the Food Bank hundreds of dollars of donated food that will go to feed those most in need, and help to make Homecoming not just a football game, but a campus and community wide event.
Keep up the good work Tigers!