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FALL 2015

HARVEST TIME OZARKS FOOD HARVEST – THE FOOD BANK

NEWSLETTER FROM THE O’REILLY CENTER FOR HUNGER RELIEF

FAMILIES SEE IMPACT OF FRESH DONATIONS FROM AREA STORES When Julie lost her job in college admissions, and her husband went on disability after suffering an injury as a construction worker, eight-year-old Hailey was the most sensitive to the fact that her family was going through a hard time. “Hailey is the one who watched me going through a huge binder of all our utility bills, credit card and mortgage statements, methodically calling each company to see who could work with us, as our savings dwindled,” Julie shared. For families who struggle to put food on the table, children often suffer silently, not understanding why they don’t have food when other kids do, all while being unable to change their own situation. Fortunately, these families can turn to Ozarks Food Harvest's network of 200 hungerrelief organizations when they need help. “(Hailey) saw the relief on my face when we learned of the food pantry,” Julie said. “She sees the gratitude I feel each month when volunteers load up our car with healthy food and fresh produce, knowing that with the pantry's help, her dad and I will make sure that she and her siblings will always have enough to eat.” Ozarks Food Harvest is able to help those who struggle with hunger by providing highquality, nutritious food through the Retail Pick-Up Program. The program started as a model for Walmart’s donation program in 2007. The Food Bank coordinates pick-ups of product donations from local grocers, rescuing the food before it goes to waste. The donated food often does not meet standards for retail sales, but is still safe for consumption. At the end of the first year, 20 participating stores donated more than 400,000 pounds of food.

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Today, the program has grown to 68 grocery partners donating 6.8 million pounds this past fiscal year. This amounts to over 40 percent of the food distributed by The Food Bank.

“(Hailey) sees the gratitude I feel each month when volunteers load up our car with healthy food.”

-Julie, food pantry recipient

“Without the retail partners, the amount of food available for people in need would be drastically less,” said Dan Bohannon, Retail Store Donation Coordinator for OFH. He said retail partners see two main benefits: they are helping the community and providing nutritious food that is often not purchased because of high costs. Not only does the program provide needed food for Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of member agencies, it provides the food that clients want. Forty-three percent of the donated food through the Retail Pick-Up Program is

produce – the most requested item from those who receive food assistance. “The boom in fresh produce from store donations has allowed many of our agencies to provide more healthful foods for their clients,” Bohannon shared. “These items are often not included in their clients' diet due to price of produce compared to other prepared food options.” For families like Josh and Julie’s, this program is truly a lifesaver. “We’re getting slowly back on our feet,” Julie shared. “With our monthly relief from the food pantry, our family has been able to weather this difficult period together.”


EMPTY BOWLS RAISES RECORD $5,000 FOR OFH

KEVIN HOWARD AND LIZ DELANY OF 105.9 KGBX HOSTED THE 17TH ANNUAL HUNGERTHON, A FOUR DAY RADIO-THON TO BENEFIT OZARKS FOOD HARVEST'S WEEKEND BACKPACK PROGRAM.

17th HUNGERTHON RAISES $125,000 Annual radio-thon helps support 416 children on the Backpack Program Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 17th annual radio-thon, Hungerthon, raised $125,380 to support 416 children on the Weekend Backpack Program. The program provides hungry children with nutritious, child-friendly food items to take home over the weekends. Kevin Howard and Liz Delany of 105.9 KGBX hosted the four day radio-thon. Since 1999, nearly $1.5 million has been raised through Hungerthon. This year, Hungerthon moved from Alice 95.5 to 105.9 KGBX. Several backpacks were matched by community businesses and foundations including SGC Foodservice, MassMutual Financial Group, The Musgrave Foundation, CoxHealth, Prime Inc., Peck's Insurance & Financial Services, Taylor Communications, Colwell Captures, Huff Distributing, Nancy Jester, Ron & Janice Penney and Yahweh’s Place of Cedarville, MO. Event sponsors included Family Pharmacy, Sonic and Studio 417 Salon. Power Hour sponsors included Krispy Kreme, Coyote’s Adobe Cafe, May Motor Company, Bambino’s and B2, Big Whiskey’s, Academy of Hair

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The second annual Empty Bowls to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest raised over $5,000 to provide 25,000 meals to hungry children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri! The regional food bank partnered with Panera Bread to offer a bowl handcrafted by a local artist, as well as soup and bread, in exchange for cash donations. “We’re thrilled with the results from this year’s Empty Bowls. Area artists and community members came together to help their neighbors in need through this unique fundraiser,” said Denise Gibson, Director of Development and Communication at Ozarks Food Harvest. “These bowls will serve as a daily reminder that hunger is a critical issue in the Ozarks, as one in six adults and one in four children may not know where their next meal will come from.” The event, held on Sept. 25 in the parking lot of Panera on East Sunshine, drew a crowd of more than one hundred attendees. Nearly 50 area artists donated bowls for the event made from 19 varieties of wood, as well as hand-thrown pottery bowls, and even bowls crafted by Springfield elementary and college students. Over 200 bowls, including six silent auction pieces, were sold to raise a record $5,073. “I couldn’t be more proud of the results from this year’s event and our relationship with Ozarks Food Harvest,” said Elisa Kruger, Regional Catering Sales Manager and Community Relations Manager for Panera Bread. “I’m also grateful for the generosity of the local artists that made it all possible.”

NEARLY 56,000 BAGS FULL OF NUTRITIOUS FOOD ARE DISTRIBUTED ANNUALLY TO KIDS IN NEED.

Design, McKowen Family Dental, Shaila’s Boutique, The Order at Hotel Vandivort, Fire & Ice and Edible Arrangements. Fifty-one southwest Missouri schools participate in the Weekend Backpack Program, which distributes nearly 56,000 bags annually. Pledges can still be made to support kids on the Backpack Program. For a donation of $300, or $25 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and drinks every weekend of an entire school year. Call Ozarks Food Harvest for more information, or give securely online at ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate.

WOOD AND POTTERY BOWLS WERE DONATED BY NEARLY 50 AREA ARTISTS FOR EMPTY BOWLS.

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O'REILLY CENTER ALLOWS FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE TO INCREASE Greetings from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief! Since Ozarks Food Harvest moved into its distribution center six years ago, incredible progress has been made in getting more food to people who need it most. As Bart shared with you this summer, Ozarks Food Harvest is now distributing over 1.1 million meals every month to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. That’s a record number of meals, and I’m proud to say that the capacity provided by the O’Reilly Center of Hunger Relief has played a big role

in allowing distribution to grow. Food Bank staff share with me that clients’ most requested items are fruits and vegetables, followed by protein items like meat and dairy — donations that require ample cooler and freezer space. Just five years ago, Ozarks Food Harvest was distributing a little over one million pounds of refrigerated product annually. That number now is almost six million pounds a year, thanks to the increased capacity and refrigerator space at the new building. Through the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, our direct service programs have also seen incredible growth. Nearly 56,000 bags of food are being distributed to children through the Weekend Backpack Program every year. This past fiscal year, 85 Mobile Food Pantry distributions were made in 15 counties. And as you read in the cover story, the Retail Pick-Up Program has expanded to 68 stores, with donations amounting to an amazing 40 percent of the food distributed by Ozarks Food Harvest. While the increased capacity FAMILIES LIKE ABEREA'S HAVE MORE FRESH FOOD AVAILABLE DUE TO THE INCREASED CAPACITY AT OZARKS FOOD HARVEST. is something to applaud,

UPCOMING EVENTS MCDONALD'S CANS FOR COFFEE - OCT. 5-25 McDonald's locations across the Ozarks are hosting the eighth annual Cans for Coffee food drive Oct. 5–25, offering customers one free small McCafe® beverage in exchange for a nonperishable food donation to Ozarks Food Harvest. Last year, over 45,000 pounds was collected, and this year's goal is to meet or exceed last year's record-breaking total! Patrons can participate by visiting 60 area McDonald's. The donated food is provided to The Food Bank's network of 200 hungerrelief agencies across 28 counties. Ozarks Food Harvest requests food donations rich in protein like peanut butter, tuna, salmon and other canned meat. Tyson Foods donated a truckload of chicken in the name of this food drive for eight consecutive years.

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CHARLIE'S CORNER what truly makes me proud is that more people in the Ozarks are getting the help they desperately need. Bart told me about a young family in Howell County struggling to make ends meet. “We have two young children. They love the fresh fruits and veggies … we value the natural foods, and it is disappointing when we do not have access to them,” shared Chris and Aberea Morgan. “Without the help of the Mobile Food Pantry, we would not survive. Our food stamps are not enough. We are just trying to get by.” The need for food assistance is growing in southwest Missouri, but I’m confident that my friends at Ozarks Food Harvest are doing everything they can to ensure no one goes hungry. Give Bart a call today to see how you can partner with us to give hope to those who need it most.

FOOD FIGHT – OCT. 12-23 SPS students are again battling for the Food Fight Championship! Donate nonperishable food or monetary donations to students or at participating Partners in Education locations. Read more on page 7.

CHECK OUT HUNGER NOV. 15 - DEC. 31 Check Out Hunger gives shoppers in more than 50 communities the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their bill when checking out at area grocers. Join us for this holiday fund drive! Join The Food Bank at Panera Bread on National & Elm during the First Friday Art Walk, Nov. 7. When you make monetary donation Run or walk with us thisa year during the 21st to OFH, you receive soup and a baguette annual Turkey Trot, the largest Thanksgiving from Panera—plus bowl” Day 5K in Missouri,an at"empty 8 a.m. on Nov.created 26! by a local artist. The "empty bowls" serve as a Turkey Trot also serves as a food drive for reminder of the thousands of empty bowls on OFH! Learn more on page 6. dinner tables across SWMO.

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WALMART GRANT MAKES BIG IMPACT

BART BROWN, PRESIDENT/CEO

At Ozarks Food Harvest, we understand the power of a $1 donation. Consider that every dollar donated is stretched to provide $10 worth of food to our neighbors in need. That’s why we’re thrilled to once again take part in the Walmart Hunger Challenge. If you’re new to The Food Bank or haven’t heard of this grant, let me tell you more about it. For the past six years, the Walmart Foundation State Giving Program has awarded a grant to Ozarks Food Harvest to provide funding for our agencies. Those agencies then fundraise to receive the grant as a match. For instance, if we select one pantry to receive $5,000, the pantry raises an additional $5,000 to receive the full matching grant. This year, Walmart is offering $125,000 in grants to nonprofits selected by The Food Bank. But because of the power of this match

grant, at the end of the grant cycle, agencies will have raised and been awarded a combined $250,000. That’s over 1.25 million meals for those in need. Our hunger-relief partners will be able to obtain nutritious food with this grant money and provide more food to its clients than they could alone. This is all because of Ozarks Food Harvest’s buying power. I’m proud that we are able to stretch every dollar to provide $10 worth of food. This allows our partner agencies to help more people every day, and that is truly at the heart of everything we do at Ozarks Food Harvest. Our friends at Christian Action Ministries in Branson shared a story of how this matching grant is making a big difference for one client: "It is challenging to afford good food only on social security payments and such a small amount of food stamps. Medicine is expensive, and it becomes a question which do I purchase — food or my medications? Thank you for helping out." We hear stories every day from children, families and seniors who share that without Ozarks Food Harvest, they don’t know how they would survive. Grants like the Walmart Hunger Challenge help give hope to those struggling in southwest Missouri. Nita Banks, Executive Director of the St. Clair

WALMART GRANT SUPPORTS THOSE IN NEED.

County Food Pantry shared, “Our partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest and the Walmart Foundation is invaluable to us. We could never afford to serve our client base without the purchase power we have through OFH and the generous donations of private citizens, civic and church groups and businesses, like Walmart. God bless you all for your servant hearts.” We can’t wait to hear the stories of how this year’s grant impacted the Ozarks. Learn about how your donations are helping our neighbors in need at ozarksfoodharvest.org.

THANKS, OZARKS, FOR SUPPORT

DENISE GIBSON, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

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This year’s Hunger Action Month was one of the best yet. We had more outreach and fundraising events than ever before, and you really stepped up to help Ozarks Food Harvest. Our friends at iHeartMedia did an incredible job with Hungerthon, new to 105.9 KGBX this year. It was certainly a highlight of Hunger Action Month. Over $125,000 was raised for the Weekend Backpack Program to give area children food over the weekend when school lunches aren't available and they might otherwise go hungry. Over the four day ratio-thon, I watched Kevin and Liz put in long hours sharing with listeners exactly why it is so crucial that they donate to this program. It’s partners like this that make raising awareness of the issue of hunger possible. At Ozarks Food Harvest, we work every day to feed people across 28 Missouri counties, and community support is imperative to be able to grow much-needed food assistance programs. That’s why I am so thankful for the people of

KIDS SUPPORT THE FOOD BANK ON GO ORANGE DAY.

the Ozarks and our generous partners. Our friends at Farmers Market of the Ozarks raised $1,600 during this year's Iron Chef Competition, the second annual Apron Fashion Show with Tea Bar & Bites raised just over $1,000 and please read about the incredible Empty Bowls event on page three. These events, along with many other fund and food drives, made for an incredible month. Thanks for your much-appreciated support in feeding local children, families and seniors.

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OFH BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mike Pinkston Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.–President Tamara deWild O’Reilly Auto Parts–President Elect Dr. Meera Scarrow Mercy Hospital-Springfield–Secretary TommyWohlgemuth SGC™ Foodservice–Treasurer Todd Sherman Kraft Foods Group–Past President Tim Bellanti Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc. Dr. John Buckner Ferrell Duncan Clinic Jim Guthrie Prime Inc. Mike Mattson Guaranty Bank Matt Miller The Vecino Group Gary Naab General Mills, Retired Jill Reynolds Commerce Trust Company Kenny Ross Morelock–Ross Builders Krystal Russell Spectrum Accounting and Payroll Vault JamesWilson NewStream Enterprises, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings ChadYoung Cameron Insurance OFH STAFF Bart Brown, President/CEO ADMINISTRATION Cindy Snow, Administration Director Cindy Boggs, Office Manager Kimberly Hansen, Administrative Assistant Terry Keller, Administrative Services Coordinator MelanieToler, Receptionist DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS Denise Gibson, Development & Communication Director Emily Gregory, Public Relations Intern Cassie Hanson, Development & Grants Manager Heather Hardinger, Public Relations Coordinator Lisa Matus, Development Assistant Jennifer Sickinger, Senior Coordinator ChristineTemple, Communication Coordinator

SPECIAL THANKS TO THESE FRIENDS OF THE FOOD BANK 3M GRANTS $5,000 TO OFH The 3M Foundation granted $5,000 to The Food Bank, providing 25,000 meals for families across the Ozarks. For more than 10 years, 3M has made annual contributions to OFH totaling nearly $50,000, as well as numerous in-kind office supply donations.

OPAL FOODS MADE A SPECIAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL EGG DONATION OF 17,125 DOZEN EGGS .

EGG DONATION JUST IN TIME FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL Ozarks Food Harvest received a donation of 17,125 dozen eggs from Opal Foods. This exceeded the company’s annual spring donation by over 54,000 eggs, bringing the total of eggs donated to The Food Bank this year to nearly 357,000. Since 2008, The Food Bank has received over 850,000 eggs thanks to the generosity of Opal Foods.

OPERATIONS ADMINSTRATION Scott Boggs, Operations Director Mike Doubledee, Inventory Manager Eddie Hicks, Operations Administration Steve Roberts, Transportation Supervisor Linda Smith, Operations Administration Due to growth and limited space in the newsletter, all warehouse and transportation associates on the Operations team are now listed online at ozarksfoodharvest.org.

The General Mills Foundation awarded a $10,000 Community Action Council grant to support the Weekend Backpack Program in the Joplin area. This will continue to provide more than 1,325 backpacks filled with nearly 8,000 nutrition meals to children in need!

OHAF GIFTS 530 BACKPACKS Thanks to a recent donation of $4,000 from the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation, 530 Weekend Backpack Program food bags will be provided to children attending Springfield Public Schools during the coming school year. That’s 3,180 meals!

COMMUNITY RESOURCES Gordon Day, Community Resources Director Dan Bohannon, Retail Store Donation Coordinator Jeremy Clark, Volunteer Coach Christy Claybaker, Community Engagement Coord. JoleneThompson, Volunteer Coordinator BrianWilson, Community Resources Specialist MandyVela-Huff, Volunteer Coach Cameron Crews, Volunteer Coach MEMBER SERVICES Mary Zumwalt, Member Services Director Jordan Browning, SNAP & Senior Programs Coord. Casey Gunn, Retail Compliance Specialist Abbey Hedges, Backpack Program Coordinator Terra Lamb, Agency Outreach Coordinator Linda Leicht, Community Impact Specialist Elise Peck, Member Services Assistant JaneTerry, Creative Information Specialist ErinThomason, Nutrition Programs Coordinator

GENERAL MILLS AWARDS GRANT FOR BACKPACK PROGRAM

MRS. MATHES' KINDERGARTEN CLASS FROM ROBBERSON TOURED OFH IN SEPTEMBER.

ROBBERSON COMMUNITY SCHOOL PROVIDES 4,330 MEALS Robberson Community School students and staff gifted Ozarks Food Harvest $866, providing 4,330 meals! The money was raised in September through a Penny War fund drive in honor of Hunger Action Month. Mrs. Mathes' kindergarten class raised the most money and was invited to tour The Food Bank. Thanks to Robberson for caring for the community and those in need.

HOLLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TEACHERS AND FIRST-GRADER KAELIN COLLECT FOOD FOR THE SUMMER DRIVE AT THE LIBRARY.

LIBRARY SUMMER FOOD DRIVE PROVIDES 1,000 MEALS Thanks to the Springfield-Greene County Library District for participating in a summer food drive to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest! Over 1,200 pounds of food were collected for The Food Bank, providing 1,000 meals.

SCHREIBER FOODS DONATES TO BACKPACK PROGRAM Schreiber Foods recently donated $5,000 to support the Weekend Backpack Program and food distribution in Mount Vernon, where it has a facility. Schreiber has been a proud supporter of Ozarks Food Harvest since 2010, providing more than $80,000 to support food insecure families where its employees work and live.

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VOLUNTEER & FOOD DRIVE PROGRAMS

FALL 2015

SUPPORT OFH AT TURKEY TROT Since 2001, Turkey Trot has collected more than 70,000 lbs. of food for Ozarks Food Harvest! That's 58,000 meals! Do your part by donating nonperishable food at Turkey Trot, the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 26. This year is the 21st annual event, and you can help support nonprofits like OFH, Developmental Center of the Ozarks and The Park Board's scholarship fund. 1) Register to run or walk. It's $20 through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, or $15 for kids 12 and younger. Register online at parkboard. org or download a form to mail in. On-site registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Expo Center and continues 6:15-7 a.m. on race day. On-site registration is $25 for adults and $20 for children. Don't forget your food donations on race day! 2) Volunteer to help collect food at the Expo, 635 E. St. Louis St., on Thanksgiving Day. Call Jo at OFH or go to ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. 3) Donate your time the day prior to Turkey Trot at Packet Pick Up. Call us for more information on how you can help!

JOIN US FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL TURKEY TROT THIS YEAR STARTING AT 8 A.M. ON NOV. 26!

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UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING VOLUNTEERS FROM AREA BUSINESSES VOLUNTEERED AT OZARKS FOOD HARVEST'S DISTRIBUTION CENTER, SORTING OVER 20,000 POUNDS OF FOOD IN ONE DAY!

ANNUAL DAY OF CARING PROVIDES 55,000 MEALS Over 500 hours of service was donated to Ozarks Food Harvest by 325 volunteers, providing 55,000 meals to children, families and seniors in need during the 23rd Annual United Way Day of Caring. Over 20,000 pounds of food was sorted in The Food Bank's Volunteer Center, 1,442 Senior Food boxes were assembled, almost 2,000 pounds of food and $1,103 was collected during food drives, 77 pounds of produce was gleaned from Ozarks Food Harvest's garden and area children wrote 632 notes of encouragement to fellow students who receive weekend food bags. Sincere thanks to all the groups that gave of their time, including Chase Card Services, Expedia, Butler, Rosenbury & Partners, Global University, City of Springfield Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Springfield-Greene County Health

STUDENTS FROM PHELPS CENTER FOR GIFTED EDUCATION WROTE HOPE NOTES.

Department and Phelps Center for Gifted Education. Every volunteer hour given to OFH provides over 100 meals to those in need. Heartfelt thanks to the United Way for hosting this annual event to better the Ozarks.

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GIVE HOPE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON Join Ozarks Food Harvest's mission to Transform Hunger into Hope with your gift of time. Individual and group volunteers are needed to sort donations, assemble Weekend Backpacks and build Senior Food boxes. OFH's Volunteer Center hours: Tuesday–Friday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Monday–Thursday: 1–4 p.m. Tuesday & Thursday: 6–9 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–4 p.m. Sessions must be scheduled in advance at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer.

Individuals and groups are needed all year to sort and package food donations. During the holidays, volunteer slots fill quickly, so please sign up today! Volunteers make it possible for Ozarks Food Harvest to feed 30,000 individuals each and every week. Every hour donated by a volunteer provides over 100 meals for those in need. Your help is needed to keep pantry shelves across the Ozarks stocked through the holiday season. You can view all volunteer opportunities and apply and schedule online at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer.

GROUPS 25+ HOURS 1st Presbyterian Youth Group 3M Aldersgate Youth Group Ameriprise Financial AmWINS Access Insurance Services Arvest Bank Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Ccc Holt Life Group Chase Card Services Commerce Trust Company Dellinger Family Drury 'Service Plunge' - Freshman Event Expedia Campbell UMC Faith For Life First Christian Church Neosho First Presbyterian Harrison, Arkansas Girl Scout Troop 70694 Global University Good Samaritan - Step Ahead Program Greene County Summer Program Harvest On Wheels Johnston Family King's Way UMC MO Public Affairs Academy MSU Residence Life - LLCS Panera Bread City of Springfield Public Works/Environmental Services South Tulsa Baptist Church Springfield Greene County Health Department Springfield Rotary Clubs SW MO Dietetic Association Vivint Wesley UMC June-August 2015

Congratulations, Jim Blackwell! Special thanks to Jim, one of OFH's most loyal volunteers, for reaching 1,000 volunteer hours! Jim helps The Food Bank glean produce, distribute food at mobile pantries, assists at Crimson House pantry distributions and sorts food at our distribution center. Heartfelt thanks to incredible volunteers, like Jim, who make the work at Ozarks Food Harvest possible.

INDIVIDUALS 25+ HOURS McKenzie Bacon Matthew Baldwin Katelyn Beasley James Blackwell Margaret Blackwell Jessica Blomenkamp Delys Bodenhausen Max Bodenhausen Angela Bowen

Charles Bowen Trudy Bowen Brigett Breckner Jacob Buffa Karla Carroll Megan Carson Kenneth Cavin Gale Clithero John Cooper

Need help applying? Call Jolene at (417) 865-3411, ext. 114 or email her at jothompson@ozarksfoodharvest.org. Patricia Devine Kris Dreesen Arlene Eichler Sarah Finch Eltjen Flikkema Justin Flowers Charles Foltz John Gentry Chris Gillihan Ann Gouge Renee Gunn Robert Hanson Wil Hardiman Austin Hinckley Patti Hudgins Thomas Imhoff Ray Jackson Julia Jenkins Shane Jones Harvey Kaylor Sean Kern

Freeman Kleier George Lawrence Dave McGee Tess Mercer Joe Meyer Janice Miller Melvie Mosier Charlene Nelson Ty Pecoraro Tom Ryan Noel Sandoval Judith Sharp Laura Sims Harley Snyder Stefanie Stoneking Lauren Troy Ami Vassar Amy Viets Lona Wait Melanie Webb June-August 2015

FOOD DRIVES 200+ POUNDS Park Board's Splash & Sizzle — 9,609 lbs. Lucas Oil Speedway — 8,144 Expedia, Inc. — 3,663 Siemens Energy — 2,801 U.S. Medical Center Federal Prisoners — 2,100 United Way Day of Caring — 1,984 Springfield-Greene County Library — 1,158 Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners — 915 Grant Ave Freewill Baptist Church — 626 MoDOT Employees District 8 — 435 Wedding Dress Drive — 356 Commerce Bank — 308 MSU Meyer Library — 220 June 12-Sept. 8, 2015

SPS FOOD FIGHT AIMS TO COLLECT 45,000 POUNDS Springfield Public Schools will participate in Ozarks Food Harvest’s 5th annual districtwide Food Fight competition October 12-23, with a goal of 45,000 pounds to beat last year’s total of 39,450 pounds of donations! Food Fight is a food and fund drive competition among Springfield Public Schools with Partners in Education. The mission of the Food Fight competition is to

raise hunger awareness across the district and stock community and school pantry shelves for the holiday season. All donations collected during Food Fight will help local pantries. Participating schools have the opportunity to partner with an area business or organization. All of the food and funds collected at the business will go toward the partnering school’s final donation total.

Trophies will be presented to the winning middle and high schools collecting the most cash and pounds of food per student. Five elementary classrooms that collect the most will receive field trips to The Food Bank. If your school or business wants to participate, please call Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411 or email cclaybaker@ ozarksfoodharvest.org.

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