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Will Race for Food

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources' Collaborating for a Healthy Future project utilizes partnerships to boost food donations to The Food Bank.

One was shaped like a picnic basket. Another was built to look like a gray Stealth bomber.  Still another was constructed to resemble a submarine.  Then there was the one with a giant dog head, complete with wagging tail and flapping tongue.  They shared one thing – they were all made of cardboard and duct tape and raced in the inaugural Float Your Boat for the Food Bank cardboard boat race April 21 at the A. Perry Philips Lake Park, Columbia.

The event, which attracted 20 boats built by mid-Missouri businesses, student groups and radio stations, was a joint fundraiser by the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri and The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.  $2,460 and approximately 1,800 pounds of healthy food were donated to help The Food Bank supply food to people who don’t have enough to eat in mid-Missouri.

The winning boat was the Patty Mae, sponsored by KOPN Community Radio and captained by David Owens.  He and his crew rowed from a boat ramp, past a buoy and to the dock that served as the finish line in 40.72 seconds.  Second place was the submarine, the USS Enterprise, built by a group called The BBDs, and captained by Levi Knipmeyer.  Third place was a yellow craft constructed by Boone County staff, commanded by Dan Atwill, Boone County presiding commissioner.