The McRib is coming to a Missouri food bank near you.

Mid-Missouri McDonald’s owners and operators plan to donate 97,200 McRib patties along with 2,608 sauce packets to the Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, according to a news release.

The donation will take place at 1 p.m. Friday.

“The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri makes such a positive impact in our area,” local McDonald’s owner Ryan Ruprecht said in the news release. “We’re honored to be able to give back during this time when so many in our communities aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.”

A cultural phenomenon, the McRib sandwich is available on the menu for only limited periods. This year was the first time the McRib was available for a limited time at all McDonalds locations in the U.S., according to Callie Picarella, public relations representative for the McDonald’s Missouri Co-Op.

“We had supply on hand to support all of our restaurants across the U.S.,” Picarella said, “and this is just a result of additional supply.”

After the limited offer ended, the leftover patties are now being donated to the local food bank.

Protein is one of the hardest food types for the food bank to come by because of its typically higher price.

“Proteins are most important for us to provide because of how important it is for health and nutrition,” said Seth Wolfmeyer, communication and marketing manager for the Food Bank for Central and Northeastern Missouri.

The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri collects food to distribute across 145 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. Its operation spans 32 Missouri counties.

There is a donation form on the Food Bank for Central and Northeastern Missouri’s website for individual donations.

  • Cameron Barnard is a reporter for the Columbia Missourian. You can reach him at 303-250-7689 or on Twitter @Cameron_Barnard.

  • Assistant city editor, grad student studying investigative reporting and photojournalism. You can reach me at cjmx5d@umsystem.edu or in the newsroom at 882-5700.

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