Float Your Boat is Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Bass Pro Shops Lake

Float Your Boat is an innovative and exciting way to support The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri while having a blast with family and friends. Held every spring, this event has become a signature event for The Food Bank and Columbia, Mo.

Teams are challenged to construct boats using only cardboard and duct tape that they will race across Bass Pro Shops Lake on the day of the event. Prizes are awarded for most creative, best use of a theme, ugliest boat and more! There is also a "Titanic Award for the Best Sinking" for teams whose boats do not make it to shore. 

The coveted People's Choice Award is for the team that raises the most money for The Food Bank leading up to the event.

Proceeds are used to help feed 104,000 people every month in The Food Bank's 32-county service area.

Watch a video of Float Your Boat 2016


The University of Missouri's College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources launched Float Your Boat as a fundraiser for The Food Bank in 2011 after Thomas Payne, former dean of the college, saw a similar event while traveling. It has grown tremendously over the past five years.