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Neosho Daily News - Neosho, MO
  • 'Chew on This' tour stops in Neosho

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  • About 870 million people worldwide don't get enough food.
    To help combat it, Nutra Blend and Elanco have teamed up for the Chew On This Tour. On Monday, two big rig trucks – one a high-tech theater and the other a kitchen on wheels – made a stop at Nutra Blend in Neosho.
    "The mission of the Chew On This Tour is to spread the word about food safety and the role we play in doing something about starvation and food insecurity both domestically and abroad," according to a press release from Nutra Blend.
    During the Monday event, those in attendance were treated to a free lunch, engaged in conversations with representatives from Nutra Blend, watched a short film about world hunger and sustainable food production and also had the chance to meet former NFL lineman and champion wrestler Bill Goldberg. Goldberg is also the spokesperson for the Chew On This tour.
    The film featured Goldberg telling people about world hunger and giving statistics on the subject.
    "In San Diego, one in four kids get their only decent meal at school," Goldberg said. "In Kansas City, it's one in five and in Boston, one in eight."
    Goldberg told the media representatives on Monday, "my son is in second grade. I sent him to school almost every day this last year. I should not feel guilty about putting a good lunch together for my son. So, at the end of the day, that is what I am fighting for. I am fighting for the ability for every kid to have a good meal when they come to school and especially when they are home."
    Other important statistics:
    • According to the United Nations, by the year 2050, the global population will be 9 billion.
    • "By 2050, we will need 70 percent more food and 70 percent of that food will have to come from efficiency-enhancing innovations," according to information provided.
    • Every day, 25,000 people die from starvation and malnutrition.
    At the end of the press conference, the tour donated some food to Salvation Army of Joplin and also Souls Harbor, also of Joplin.
    "It (food donation) means a lot to us," said Ali O'Dell, volunteer specialist with Salvation Army of Joplin. "We feed about 300 people a day on average, that is coffee and donuts in the morning, and then a four course meal at lunch. So something like this not only helps to feed those people, but it makes us a part of the community, community awareness, they know that we are here."

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