Food Bank to hold holiday drive at four Columbia locations

Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 7:37 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Partnership Against Hunger 2011, a holiday food collection drive, will be held at several locations in Columbia from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Staff from the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri and radio personalities from KFRU 1400 AM, KPLA 101.5, Q106.1 and Jeff 104.1 will collect food and other donations.

There will be drives at four locations in Columbia: the Schnucks store at 1400 Forum Blvd., and Walmart stores at 1201 Grindstone Parkway, 415 Conley Road and 3001 W. Broadway.

This is the first year for the Virtual Food Drive, an online shopping component to the food drive. The virtual drive is set up similar to a video game, where donors can make donations from home.

"It's just what it sounds like," said Rachel Ellersieck, communications coordinator for the Food Bank. "It’s a fun way to donate for people who can’t come out to the drive."

The Partnership Against Hunger is an annual event, which raised around $60,000 and 6,000 pounds of food in 2010.

"Sixty-thousand dollars goes a long way," Ellersieck said. "The Food Bank can acquire 20 pounds of food or 15 meals from each dollar received."

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