Hunger Dinner Raises Donations For Food Bank

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COLUMBIA - A few dozen hungry patrons attended the MU Mortar Board's 10th annual Hunger Dinner at Memorial Union's Bengal Lair Thursday evening.

The annual event raises both hunger awareness in Missouri as well as food donations, which go toward the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri's Buddy Pack Program. This year's dinner focused on peanut butter, as all attendees were required to donate either a jar of peanut butter or five dollars.

One of the Mortar Board's three service chairmen, Kam Phillips, said there was no specific goal for donations but added she hoped to gather as much peanut butter as possible.

"We didn't want to do what we typically do, which is bring in any kind of thing," said Phillips. "We recognize that peanut butter has gotten much more expensive and that's the main thing they need for the Buddy Pack Program.

Food Bank Development Associate John Wampler spoke to the attendees before the dinner and said he was 'fired up' to see people attending.

"I've got so many positive stories about this program," he told the crowd. "I'm always excited to talk about it."