Lucas Oil Speedway’s annual food drive benefits The Food Bank
Speedway has supported The Food Bank and hunger-relief partner Hickory County C.A.R.E.S. for 11 years.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Lucas Oil Speedway and KTTS are partnering to offer free admission to the races in Wheatland on Saturday, July 24 when race-goers donate four nonperishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Donations for admission will be collected the night of the race near an Ozarks Food Harvest truck at the main gate. Donors will receive one free ticket for every four nonperishable food items given. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps begin at 6:30 p.m. and racing starts at 7:05 p.m. Food donations will also support Ozarks Food Harvest’s partner food pantry in Wheatland, Hickory County C.A.R.E.S.
“We’re looking forward to a great night of racing that will make a difference for people in our community,” said Judy Gamble, social media coordinator for Hickory County C.A.R.E.S. “We want to thank all the fans for coming out to help support a great cause.”
Since 2008, Lucas Oil Speedway has collected more than 70,000 pounds of food to help provide 59,000 meals for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Last year, event attendees donated more than 7,000 pounds of food, which helped provide 4,500 meals to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. This year, Lucas Oil Speedway hopes to collect even more food to help feed the 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children facing hunger in southwest Missouri.
“We’re so grateful to partner with Lucas Oil Speedway again to help give back to the community,” said Denise Gibson, director of development and communication at Ozarks Food Harvest. “This is one of our largest food drive events of the year and a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun night of racing together.”
The speedway is located at 700 E. Highway 54 in Wheatland, and directions can be found at lucasoilspeedway.com. Regular admission is $12 for adults ages 16 and up, $9 for military and seniors (ages 62 and up) and $5 for youth ages 6 to 15. A list of most-needed items can be found on The Food Bank’s website at ozarksfoodharvest.org/food-drive.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest — The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank provides 22 million meals annually to more than 261,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.