Columbia community comes together to help fight hunger

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COLUMBIA - Firefighters, police, bikers, and more came out to help the Food Bank raise funds to help those fighting hunger Wednesday.

Danny Spry Jr. has volunteered at the Food Bank's annual holiday food fundraiser for the past 13 years. He enjoyed seeing the community come out to help.

"When I'm here, I'm warm all over. I got here at 5:30 a.m. this morning. We look forward to it," said Spry.

The University of Missouri Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security released a report Wednesday that states 1 in 7 individuals lacked adequate access to food.

Lindsay Lopez, the CEO and President of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, said this event is always the favorite of everyone. 

"It's absolutely amazing to see the generosity of this community coming together," said Lopez.

The Food Bank can take $1 dollar and turn it into $21 worth of groceries.

"Just think about what if you didn't have this? And if the Food Bank has helped you before-pay it forward," said Spry.

At the end of the day, the Food Bank raised 2,000 pounds of food and $53,500 in donations.

If you want to donate to the cause head over to their website.