October 2017
Taste of the Tigers raises more than $90,000 for Neighbors in Need
Nearly 300 people attended The Food Bank's first-ever Taste of the Tigers tailgate event at Memorial Stadium earlier this month.

Head Football Coach Barry Odom and his wife, Tia Odom, served as honorary co-chairs of the event, which raised more than $90,000 in sponsorships, ticket and auction revenues and in-kind donations. Because of The Food Bank's affiliation with Feeding America and ability to purchase bulk food items at heavily discounted costs, that equates to more than $1.89 million for neighbors in need.

"We are so grateful to everyone who joined us for this fun event to help us share food," said Lindsay Young Lopez, executive director of The Food Bank. "As the only Official Charitable Partner of Mizzou Athletics, we were thrilled to present this one-of-a-kind event at Memorial Stadium and Faurot Field."

During the three-hour event, Tiger fans had the opportunity to taste some amazing tailgate-inspired bites from Columbia's finest eateries, enjoy beverages from local vendors, take tours of the football game day locker room and get on the field for photos and activities.

The Food Bank is planning to host the event again in 2018.

Thank you to event sponsors Mpix, Midwest Computech, Shelter Insurance, Dr. Peter Buchart and Donna Buchart, Dr. Patrick Smith and Karen Smith, Commerce Bank, Mike and Laurie Kelly - HM Risk, Ken and Ann Littlefield, Kevin and Amy Sprouse, Missouri Employers Mutual, Socket, MU Health Care, Tom and Sharon Naught, Columbia Insurance Group, Kilgore's Medical Pharmacy and Barry and Tia Odom.

Vendors at the inaugural event included 11 Eleven, bleu Events, D. Rowe's, The Heidelberg, Hoss's Market and Rotisserie, Manzo's Pizza, Room 38, Sara Fougere Catering, Smokin' Chicks BBQ, Stadium Grill, DogMaster Distillery, Logboat Brewing Co., N.H. Scheppers, Smoothie King and Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits.

Photos from the event may be found here and on The Food Bank's Facebook page.
Agency Testimonials
We ask our partner agencies to provide testimonials about the people they serve. This comes from Doris McSparen at Helping Hands Food Distribution for Clark County.

We had a young woman that just got out of Foster Care, still in high school, working two jobs. She came in to our site and asked if she could get help with food. We were amazed by her. She is a very happy person and was very thankful. 

Maureen Qualheim from the Jefferson City Rape & Abuse Crisis Service center in Cole County says she heard from a family very thankful for a nutritious meal, as they had not been able to eat for a few days.

Linda Lagergren from Food for Morgan County writes:

Early birds don't have to eat worms at Food for Morgan County. Instead, Early birds get to sample snacks made with products available in the pantry. Kyle Myer from the Morgan County Health Department prepares a tasty (mostly healthy) dish from food that is being distributed from the food pantry or food that is inexpensive if purchased at the store. In the summer months, he focuses on lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This month he prepared a 7 layer Mexican Casserole using chicken, refried beans, steamed brown rice, and a spicy cheese product that was on the pantry shelf. The early birds all said that it was delicious!

And DeWayne Melloway from the Ralls County Food Pantry says they received a message from someone saying:

"We got some really good stuff this month. Thank you so much. I needed it. Without the church food pantry sometimes I wouldn't know what to do. I appreciate all the help."
Donor Spotlight
Dale Tidemann, plant manager of 3M, presents a $2,000 check to The Food Bank's Executive Director Lindsay Young Lopez following the company's volunteer shift. Because of our purchasing power, The Food Bank will be able to acquire and distribute $42,000 worth of groceries with the donation.
Volunteer Spotlight
Missouri Employers Mutual staff members volunteered at The Food Bank earlier this month. The company was also an inaugural sponsor of Taste of the Tigers.