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Cardboard Armada

April 16, 2013

MU’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will cooperate with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri,  raising money to provide food to needy families. On Saturday, April 20, more than 50 cardboard boats will compete in the” Float Your Boat for the Food Bank” cardboard boat race. This community event is part of CAFNR’s “Collaborating For a Healthy Future” project, which utilizes the college’s resources to help promote healthy food choices.  Making wise dietary choices is a part of ongoing research supported by Mizzou Advantage’s  “Food for the Future” initiative.

Story by: CAFNR NEWS

More than 50 cardboard boats constructed by student groups, community organizations, businesses, individuals, families and media companies have registered to compete in the April 20 Float Your Boat for the Food Bank cardboard boat race.

The race, which will take place at the Bass Pro Shops lake in northeast Columbia, is a fundraiser to help The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri feed hungry Missourians. Last year’s inaugural race featured 20 boats and raised $2,460 and approximately 1,800 pounds of healthy food.  So far in 2013, more than $6,600 in donations have been collected. Eighteen Columbia businesses are assisting with sponsorships.

Construction of the boats is limited to cardboard, duct tape and glue.  Boats last year were shaped like picnic baskets, stealth bombers and happy dogs complete with wagging tails and flapping tongues.  More than half of these boats capsized or split apart before the finish line.  See more…