Feb 12, 2020 11:00 PM

Strong push will be made to keep Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph

Posted Feb 12, 2020 11:00 PM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Missouri Western State University will make a strong pitch to keep the Kansas City Chiefs training camp in St. Joseph.

Missouri Western President Matt Wilson describes the training camp as a public service for the university, drawing people to St. Joseph. He says everything is in place to keep the Super Bowl champions here.

“We’ve really valued our relationship with the Kansas City Chiefs,” Wilson tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. “They’ve been on our campus for 10 years and having moved from Wisconsin that was kind of the idea was that they would receive certain things from the state to come back to be here.”

Wilson says the facilities developed over the years on the Missouri Western campus next to Spratt Stadium as well as the indoor practice field are unrivaled.

Wilson acknowledges other cities will make a bid to take the training camp away from St. Joseph, though he is quick to add the Chiefs seem happy here.

He says another factor does work against Missouri Western, an emerging trend in the NFL.

“The trend in training camps has been for NFL teams to go back to their home stadiums and oftentimes, I think, it depends on the coach and what the coach wants to do,” Wilson says. “(Chiefs Coach) Andy Reid was coach (of the Eagles) when I was actually in Philadelphia and he loved to be away from home. So, they were at Lehigh University.”

Missouri Western signed a 10-year contract with the Chiefs, which expired this past year. The contract guaranteed the first five years, followed by a succession of one-year contracts.

“We had a 10-year contract. That contract has expired at this point in time. So, we don’t even have a year-to-year to fall back on,” Wilson says. “As the Chiefs turn their attention to training camp going forward, we’re hearing some pretty positive public statements, but we’ll see where things go.”

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Feb 12, 2020 11:00 PM
2nd Harvest kicks off fund drive in ongoing effort to feed the hungry

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

Second Harvest Community Food Bank kicks off its 2020 fundraising campaign next month as it attempts to feed the nearly 50,000 area residents who too often go to bed hungry.

Michelle Fagerstone with Second Harvest says the food bank distributes food to food pantries, food kitchens, food programs, even after-school programs trying to keep up with the need.

“We are on track to distribute over seven million pounds of food this year and that’s still below what it would take, according to Feeding America, to cover all of the food insecurity within our region,” Fagerstone tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline.

Second Harvest serves 15 counties in northwest Missouri and four counties in northeast Kansas. In addition to helping stock the shelves of local pantries and provide food for those serving the poor, it helps distribute federal food programs.

It is estimated that approximately 47,000 people in this region suffer from food insecurity.

“Food insecurity means that on a regular basis you or a family member or your neighbor or anybody you might know does not consistently receive nutritious food,” according to Fagerstone.

Fagerstone says food insecurity can even come and go. She gives as an example a retired senior citizen who might have plenty of good food at the beginning or the month, but might run out of nutritious meals as the month wears on and the money runs out.

The 2020 Annual Fund Drive Kickoff Luncheon for Second Harvest Community Food Bank will be held March 5th at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, beginning at 11:30am. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to register by February 24th. The cost is $10. The meal is provided by Chef Ralph Filipelli.

Fagerstone says it doesn’t take a lot for Second Harvest to feed a lot of people.

“For each dollar donated to us, we can purchase enough food for up to three meals,” Fagerstone says. “So, in essence, your donation has the ability to be tripled.”

Fagerstone says Triumph Foods and Tyson provide Second Harvest with generous meat donations, helping it to make donations stretch even farther.