The third Saturday of October is the day that people of faith, from many different denominations all over the state, gather at the Missouri State Fairgrounds, in Sedalia. The groups and families bring money that has been raised and National/International Kits & Missouri Packs that have been assembled during the year. Volunteers help to sack rice, beans and potatoes for distribution to Missouri agencies. In the afternoon state agencies bring their trucks and trailers to receive the kits, rice, beans and potatoes to distribute to their clients. Kits, assembled for Church World Service, are loaded on a semi truck to continue their journey to other parts of the world.

The Festival generates approximately $1 million annually.

The interfaith event is an expression of mission support and involvement that has helped improve the lives of countless individuals in Missouri and around the world.


The Festival of Sharing seeks to:

  • Generate financial, material, and personnel resources for hunger, poverty, crisis, and injustice
  • Meet and challenge injustice through advocacy and systemic change
  • Promote awareness of hunger and justice issues, local and international outreach opportunities, and resource steward ship possibilities
  • Encourage and enable hands-on experience with mission projects and local outreach agencies

2022 kit schedule:

January – CWS Hygiene Kits

February – Paper Products

March – CWS Hygiene Kits

April – Clean Up Buckets

May – Clean Up Buckets

June – Clean Up Buckets

July – Paper Products

August – Family Food Boxes

September – Family Food Boxes

Current Kit: Clean Up Bucket

Clothesline 1 – 50-100 ft. clothesline (cotton or plastic)

36 – 50 Clothespins

1  Scrub brush (with or without handle)

Contractor grade trash bags – 24 to 48 size 33 – 45 gallons

7  Sponges including 1 – large

1  Bottle 12-56 oz. liquid concentrate household cleaner (no spray bottles)

1  Non-aerosol insect repellent 14-16 oz. (10-20 pack wipes also acceptable)

Liquid Laundry Detergent 1 – 25 to 64 oz. bottle

5  Dust masks – N95 particulate respirator, 1-3 mm thickness (No surgical masks)

5  Scouring pads – no stainless-steel (remove packaging)

1  Pair work gloves – cotton with leather palm or all leather

18  Reusable cleaning wipes – no terrycloth, microfiber or paper towels (remove packaging)

2  Pairs waterproof dishwashing gloves, latex-free, non-surgical, durable for multiple uses

1  Bottle 16-34 oz. dish soap

1  Pump spray air freshener 4-8 oz.