Give to Local Food Banks

Food banks are doing a lot of giving this time of year. Missouri’s six food banks and about 1,500 distribution agencies face heavy demand with Thanksgiving and Christmas only a month or so apart. Fortunately, donors remember food banks during the holidays, says state director Scott Baker, and about 40% of the annual giving to food banks happens during that time of year. But he also says that food banks have a lot of people asking for help. Despite the indications that the economy is getting better and more people are returning to work, the demand has not decreased. He says that many of those people are taking jobs that do not pay as well, making it harder for families to make ends meet with the cost of groceries, utilities, and transportation continuing to increase. Baker says that it is not a case of more people asking for help the first time, but it’s a case of people needing help for longer periods of time, which is a situation underlined by a recent USDA report that ranked Missouri fifth in the nation for people food insecurity every day.

ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

4 days 4 hours ago

The KLPW Radio Athlete of the Week is Gus Kleekamp with the Washington Post 218 Junior American Legion Baseball Team. Gus pitches, plays shortstop and bats third on the Junior Legion team that won the state championship in Blue Springs over the weekend. He posted the save in a 4-3 win over Festus in the title game. His batting average is .400 with 47-rbi and 47 runs scored. As a pitcher, he's 5-0 with an ERA of 1.631 and a WHIP of .961.

OFF THE CUFF with Diane Jones

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Thomas Jefferson, proponent of the Bill of Rights, could never have conceived just how many venues there are today for First-Amendment protected speech.

What he also could not have conceived is how this phenomenon of pervasive media has actually stymied, not enhanced, the free speech expression of presidential candidates.

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SPORTS CORNER

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Missouri will begin the college football season ranked in the top-25. The Tigers are 23rd in the preseason Coaches' Poll. Defending champion Ohio State is number-one, followed by TCU and Alabama. Mizzou opens the season September 5th at home against Southeast Missouri State.