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Director of Ag Encouraging Donations to Aid Disaster Recovery Through Food Drive

(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) - Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler is encouraging Missourians and the agriculture community to join together in helping those devastated by the Joplin tornadoes and flooding in southeast Missouri by making a donation of canned goods, non-perishable items and funds for local food banks. On Wed., May 25, the Department of Agriculture is holding a food drive for the Food Bank of Central Missouri to help them as they aid Missourians throughout the state recover from recent devastating disasters.

Donations will be accepted through Wednesday morning at the Missouri Department of Agriculture. All donated products and proceeds will then be donated directly to Peggy Kirkpatrick, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Missouri, to help them aid the thousands of Missouri families as they begin to try to rebuild their lives in southwest and southeast Missouri.

In addition, the Department of Agriculture will be making the commitment to donate produce from the Departmentís Growing Together Garden to the local food bank for their continued efforts to provide to those in need and encourages all Missourians to consider planting a garden and donating part of their produce as way of giving back.

WHO: Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler Peggy Kirkpatrick, Executive Director of the Central Missouri Food Bank

WHAT: Missouri Department of Agriculture Encourages Communities to Grow and Give

WHEN: Wed., May 25, 2011 11:30 a.m. *Donations will be made immediately following a fundraising luncheon provided by Bandanaís BBQ, Hy-Vee and McAllisterís Deli in Jefferson City

WHERE: Missouri Department of Agriculture 3rd Floor 1616 Missouri Blvd. Jefferson City, Mo.

Anyone interested in joining this effort or making a donation may contact Misti Preston at (573) 751-8596 or Donations can also be made directly to the Food Bank of Central Missouri by contacting them at or calling (800) 764-3663.


Christine Tew
(573) 751-5617

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