(SEDALIA, Mo.)- Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that the new food drive event held at the fairgrounds Tuesday brought in nearly 6,500 pounds of canned food to help alleviate hunger in Missouri. 
According to Wolfe, the new day, called Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday, in cooperation with Ford and Missouri Farmers, originated from a request received from the director of the Missouri Food Bank Association (MFBA).  The State Fair Commission elected to introduce the new event day at this year’s State Fair. 
Food collection was initiated in June at Ford dealerships across Missouri.  Ford vehicles delivered their summer canned good collection to the fairgrounds on Tuesday.  These donations, combined with gate collections, made the final tally of food collected significant.
Volunteers from Missouri Farmers Care, MFBA and Leadership Sedalia worked to collect food on Tuesday.  The collection was picked up by the MFBA and will be distributed to its regional food banks across the State.
MFBA Director Scott Baker said that our statewide food banks and pantries help those in need through the generosity of Missourians.  “Thanks to the collection efforts of Ford, Missouri Farmers Care and fairgoers, we can provide almost 6,500 meals with the Missouri State Fair’s contribution,” Baker said.