COLUMBIA - The Partnership Against Hunger Drive exceeded its $50,000 donation goal in Columbia and Jefferson City Tuesday. The Food Bank staff and radio personalities from KFRU 1400 AM, KPLA 101.5, 102.3 BXR, Q 106.1 and Jeff 104.1 were at Walmart and Schnucks locations in the two cities since 6 Tuesday morning. They were collecting food and funds for the Food Bank from sunrise until sunset.
Chris Kellogg, an anchor with KPLA radio who was at the Walmart at Grindstone since early morning said, "The generosity always surprises you when you are out doing an event like this all day long. The volume of food that you collect and the amount of cash that people give too, it just varies anywhere from a dollar to a $150 check. Its pretty amazing to see."
According to the preliminary total, the drive has been able to collect more than $50,000 in donations and more than 12,000 pounds of food. However, the exact numbers will be know only after another 24 hours because Walmart and Schnucks have scanned donation cards as well. Those who were not able to stop by at the prescribed locations in person could also donate through the Partnership Against Hunger Virtual Food Drive or through a text. The food will be sent to the pantry for immediate use and the money will go to the Food Bank to help feed the hungry during the holiday season.