At MU, the annual Homecoming festivities include several service events as a part of the tradition. This year, the service organization Tigers Taming Hunger reports donations are exceeding expectations.
Student volunteers for Tigers Taming Hunger collect contributions for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. They stand in front of local grocery stores and ask customers to donate canned foods or offer a monetary donation. This year, the service committee that organizes the event decided to push for more cash donations. Jordyn Klackner is the director of the service committee. Klackner says they accepted cash donations last year when people offered, but did not encourage it like they have this year.
“We got together a bunch of canisters from the Food Bank and just went with it, just put them at the grocery stores and at the on campus food drive and went with it and it’s working great,” Klackner said.
Klackner says monetary values have doubled from last year. The event has already raised three thousand dollars and lasts through Sunday.
“We’ve really pushed the fact that one dollar is equivalent to 15 pounds of food for the food ban,” said Klackner
MU students will be outside of local Columbia grocery stores for three more days this upcoming weekend.