The Missouri State Fair and Ford Dealerships across the state are partnering for their second annual food drive event. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Director of Marketing Tammie Nichols:

Tammie Nichols

“We will give a coupon for every canned good that is turned in at Ford dealerships,”said Nichols,”Each person can then redeem up to half off of the fair admission.  So, an adult gate admission would be $4 on that day when the consumer brings in four coupons from their donations.”

The drive runs now through August 13th and the coupons are redeemable on “Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday” on August 14th.  Last year’s event brought in more than 6,000 pound of food for the Missouri Food Bank Association.

Press Release:

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced today that the Fair’s second annual food drive is underway. Missouri Farmers Care is once again partnering with Ford dealerships across the state to collect food for Missourians in need and to offer discounts on Fair admission in exchange for canned goods.

Now through Aug. 13, a $1 off gate admission coupon will be given for each canned food item brought into a participating Missouri Ford dealership. The coupons will be redeemable for up to half-off the cost of Fair admission Tuesday, Aug. 14.

“The event is called Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday,” Wolfe said. “It serves a three-fold purpose: to help alleviate hunger; to provide further education about the important role of Missouri farmers; and, to offer a discount on gate admission to the Fair.”

Canned food items will also be accepted for $1 off admission coupons from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fair’s Centennial Gate Aug. 14.

Last year the food drive generated more than 6,000 pounds of food, which was given to the Missouri Food Bank Association (MFBA). MFBA State Director, Scott Baker, said that the collection provided thousands of meals to hungry Missourians, and the event this year will help MFBA to do the same.

Many people do not realize that hunger is very serious in Missouri, Baker said. He believes that the first step to solving the problem is to raise awareness, which is what this food drive can help achieve.

On Missouri Farmers Care Food Drive Tuesday, a maximum of $4 savings is being offered on an adult gate admission ticket, $3 savings on a senior gate admission ticket and $1 savings on a child’s. This is equivalent to half off of each ticket value. More information is available online at mostatefair.com.

The 110th Missouri State Fair in Sedalia is Aug. 9-19, themed “Celebrate Then and Wow.”