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Local Food Pantry Receives Donation From Festival of Sharing

The Festival of Sharing has sent Heart of the Hills Food Harvest a contribution of $100. The checks were sent to 70 agencies across Missouri to alleviate hunger in the state. Donations sometimes lag at this time of year when we are between the winter holidays and before produce becomes available from area gardens.

The Festival of Sharing is an interfaith gathering held on the Missouri State Fair Grounds on the third Saturday of October each year. This fall will be the 31st event, which in recent years has involved persons from 30 faith denominations. The Festival of Sharing has gathered and distributed 22.25 million dollars of cash and material gifts for needy people in Missouri and around the world.

This year the Festival of Sharing will be held on Oct. 20. All activities will be held at the State Fair Grounds in Sedalia. Each year hundreds of youth participate in the overnight “YouthFest” event. They spend the day providing hands on mission at the Festival by helping unload material gifts and by packing trucks with gifts used here, at home, and overseas.

There will be a quilt auction to raise funds for the Church WorId Service Blankets+. Tons of beans and rice and a tractor trailer load of potatoes will be bagged for distribution to needy people in Missouri. Festival participants will also join in worship and will find fellowship at the Festival’s Food Court, display and craft sales areas.

For more information, contact Terri Williams at the festival office at 3009 David Drive, Columbia, MO 65202. You may also reach her by phone at 573-474-3332 or bye-mail at