Agencies get creative for grant challenge
his year marks the eighth time that the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program has awarded a pass-through grant to Ozarks Food Harvest to provide funding for its members. Agencies who apply and are selected then fundraise to receive the grant as a match. If The Food Bank selects a pantry to receive $5,000, the pantry must then raise an additional $5,000 to receive the full matching grant. Agencies have until Feb. 28 to meet this year’s match. Walmart has again donated $125,000 in grants to nonprofits selected by The Food Bank, and because of the power of this match grant, the total impact will be $250,000. Agencies are required to use the money to cover food costs when receiving food from OFH. Member Services can’t wait to hear the stories of how this year’s grant impacts the 66 agencies that were selected, but it is also inspiring to learn about the creative ways that agencies are asking their communities to get involved to help meet the match. Janet Mills is the director of the Cassville United Methodist Church food pantry. In order to meet the match she is planning Tinsel Tea, a Christmas holiday fundraiser. This event will include brunch and entertainment by the church bell choir and vocal performers. In addition, there will be an auction with baked goods. “Inspiration for the fundraiser stemmed out
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OZARKS FOOD HARVEST PRESIDENT/CEO BART BROWN ACCEPTS LAST YEAR’S CHECK FROM WALMART. THIS IS THE EIGHTH YEAR FOR THE PARTNERSHIP.
of a desire to draw many persons together,” Mills said. “Christmas is the time for giving, and people seek outlets for connecting their desire to help with a good cause. We meet that desire by setting the stage for a purposeful event which is advocating for fighting hunger.” Other pantries that were selected to receive the grant are planning events to meet the match. Project 360 Youth Services is in the preliminary stages of planning a bowling tournament, and the Korth Senior Center in El Dorado Springs is planning on raffling off a
Information about IRS Code 170(e)(3) End of the year reminders How TEFAP is vital to solve hunger Regional meeting topics vary
donated mountain bike in order to raise their funds. They plan on selling the raffle tickets at the senior center and at a local grocery store. The St. Vincent De Paul Society St. Joseph Food Pantry located in Billings aims to raise their funds in a variety of ways. This year, they plan on selling black walnuts, hosting a bake sale and planning a fundraiser with musical entertainment. Last year, this pantry’s community hosted a tractor pull that helped meet the match. Member Services wishes participating pantries the best of luck.
AGENCIES THAT RECEIVE DONATED PRODUCT HAVE REQUIREMENTS TO FOLLOW TO COMPLY WITH THE IRS.
What is the IRS Code 170(e)(3)? Feeding America provides helpful insight about the code
rganizations that distribute donated food product must meet the requirements of IRS Code 170(e)(3). All products, food or otherwise, donated to members must be considered as having been donated under the provisions of Section 170(e)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, unless the donor clearly provides verification
to the contrary in writing. Members must treat all donations as gifts that qualify for the enhanced charitable contribution deduction for donated inventory under Section 170(e)(3). National and local donors typically donate products for use by the ill, needy or children. IRS provides an enhanced tax deduction only
when products are distributed by qualified organizations and used by qualified clients. In-house use of products by individuals not meeting IRS Code 1790(e)(3)’s eligibility requirements -- ill, needy or children -- can lead to being considered a form of compensation and subject to employment laws. The Food Bank’s partnership agreement is guided by the requirements of this IRS tax code and is provided also as a guide to ensure member compliance. Agencies are not able to use donated product to provide lunch to staff or volunteers before a distribution. The agency will use the products only as related to its tax-exempt purpose and solely for the feeding and or care of the ill, needy or children, with primary beneficiaries of services being the needy. Products shall not be given to, or used by, staff or volunteers for personal use. Staff or volunteers must meet same eligibility requirements of other clients to receive products. Products may not be used for prizes, gifts, fundraising activities, church dinners or other similar events. An agency is not allowed to accept monetary donations from clients in exchange for food. The membership agreement specifically states that product will not be exchanged for money and doing so is in violation of the tax code. Contact Member Services with any questions about this code.
End of year reminders and inventory closings The Food Bank will be closed Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving and Friday, Dec. 22 and Monday, Dec. 25 for Christmas. Routes have been adjusted, so if an agency receives a normal delivery on any of the dates mentioned, an email will be sent with the rescheduled date. Inventory will be Dec. 26 through Dec. 29. Pick-up appointments will not be available
during this time. However, free produce may be available. If an agency is interested in free produce, please call Member Services the day of to verify availability. Deliveries will still take place during this time. Ozarks Food Harvest is experiencing a shortage of banana boxes, which is preventing the volunteers from sorting
DID YOU KNOW? Christmas wasn’t declared an official holiday in the U.S. until June 26, 1870. Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries. An egg contains every essential vitamin except vitamin C.
product that is coming in. Without the boxes, OFH is unable to provide these most requested items. Help by returning any unused banana boxes on the next pick-up appointment or have them ready for the driver on the next delivery day. Boxes that are neatly stacked on a pallet, or nicely organized, help the driver be more efficient and is greatly appreciated.
Six month rule
There has been some confusion lately with date extensions and USDA food. Date extensions do not apply regarding USDA food. The state guideline states, “In no case may the inventory level of each TEFAP product exceed a six-month supply unless sufficient justification for additional inventory has been submitted to, and approved by, The Food Bank with state agency concurrence.” There should never be a reason to hold food for more than six months. If this is the case, please notify The Food Bank immediately. OFH allocates according to the number of reported families and individuals served per month by each agency. Allocations for each county are provided to The Food Bank using a formula provided by the state. This formula is based 88 percent on USDA’s 60/40 (poverty/ unemployment) formula plus a 12 percent base for each of the six service areas (food bank) in Missouri.
CONTACT US Ozarks Food Harvest Member Services 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, Mo., 65803 memberservices@ ozarksfoodharvest.org (417) 380-5007 ozarksfoodharvest.org
Director Q & A
ill Stack, executive director at Shepherd’s Nook, has worked at the pantry since it opened its doors in February 2001. Learn more about Bill by reading this interview with him. Q: How did you get involved working at Shepherd’s Nook? A: I got started working at Shepherd’s Nook after looking at our missions giving at Salem Full Gospel Church. We had been doing a lot for foreign missions, but noticed some increasing needs in our own community. The church and board decided to reallocate some missions resources to Shepherd’s Nook as a local mission, and there were enough volunteers from the church to get us started. Q: What part of this job do you personally find most satisfying? A: What is most satisfying for us is knowing we are making a difference in our community and in the lives of our patrons. While Dent County is a relatively poor county compared to others in Missouri, we are no longer listed among the top 10 for food insecurity issues. I believe the work our volunteers do at Shepherd’s Nook, with the help of OFH and our other partners, each and every month, has helped make that difference into a statistical reality. Q: What is your most memorable moment at the pantry? A: The most memorable moment was after
an unusually busy day at the pantry before Christmas a few years ago. We had just closed for the day, and the volunteers gathered to offer a prayer of thanks for God’s provision another month, and asking for his help for next month. As I remember, we were very low on food at the end of the month. Before amen was said at the prayer, someone was knocking on the door. We thought it was someone else needing help with food. When I went to open the door, it was someone wanting to drop off $1,000 to help with food. The prayers were answered before the amen, and it wasn’t a long prayer. Q: What do you do in your spare time? A: What I like to do in my spare time is read, write and sit by the campfire with good friends. Q: What the craziest thing you’ve ever done? A: Jumped out of a perfectly good airplane, while in flight, at night, with several pounds of gear. Thankfully, the chute opened each time.
TEFAP vital to solve hunger Did you know The Emergency Food Assistance Program, TEFAP, is a federal program which, not only provides food to low-income Americans, but supports agriculture markets and farmers by purchasing their product? In fiscal year 2017, TEFAP supplied nearly 17 percent of Ozarks Food Harvest’s distribution through 46 food pantries and 48 meal program sites. This is important to Missouri and the entire nation because TEFAP is funded under the
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Farm Bill which will be reauthorized in 2018 and requires advocacy by The Food Bank and citizens to ensure Congress continues to fully fund this vital program. Food banks combine TEFAP commodities, storage and distribution funding with private donations of food and funds, infrastructure, and manpower to leverage the program far beyond its budgeted amount. Without it, Ozarks Food Harvest would have to raise additional private funds to make up for the foods that TEFAP provides.
The Ozarks Food Harvest Agency Conference is April 9, 2018 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center.
January before the Member Services Agency Conference on April 9. “We are so happy that our member agencies are getting useful information from each other at these meetings,” said Mary Zumwalt, director of Programs & Member Services. “It is amazing how much we can accomplish by collaborating and inspiring each other with fresh ideas.”
“I love seeing agencies connect that ordinarily would not get the chance to. Building relationships is really what this is all about.” -Casey Gunn, retail compliance specialist at Ozarks Food Harvest MEMBERS FROM THE NORTHERN REGIONAL MEETING GATHER TO DISCUSS NEW IDEAS.
Regional meeting topics vary
s many know by now, regional meetings are in full swing and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The purpose of facilitating these meetings is to offer agencies a chance to connect on a smaller scale than they do at the annual Member Services Agency Conference. Each region has its own personality and discusses various topics that can range from grant writing tips to partnering with MU Extension to empowering clients. The conversations are OFH staff-lead, but participation is always encouraged. This is a platform created to ask questions and engage with agencies on a local level while using the opportunity to discuss
Member Services would love to hear how regional meetings help agencies. Email email@example.com to give feedback and ideas on how to enhance this program.
current events within our organizations. The latest round of regional meetings has proved to be no different. Attendees have had great conversations about client empowerment, pounds distributed, holiday baskets, as well as how to utilize The Food Bank to help resources go further. “I love seeing agencies connect that ordinarily would not get the chance to,” said Casey Gunn, retail compliance specialist at Ozarks Food Harvest. “Building relationships is really what this is all about.” REGIONAL MEETINGS ARE DIVIDED BY THE SECTIONS SHOWN ABOVE. Member Services is planning on hosting another round of meetings in
Good news at The Food Bank Cans for Coffee
Caterpillar Foundation grant
McDonald’s restaurants across the Ozarks are collecting cans in exchange for coffee Oct. 30 through Nov. 26. Customers who donate one item for Ozarks Food Harvest will receive one free McCafe beverage. For the past decade, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has been asking its customers to bring nonperishable food donations to the front counter or drive-thru window to receive a small coffee drink. Free beverages include lattes, hot chocolate, Americanos, mochas, cappuccinos and hot and iced macchiatos and coffee. Since 2008, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 232,000 pounds of food.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a $26,195 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation, thanks to Feeding America. This grant will be used to help fight hunger in Howell County. It will bring more food to people struggling with hunger in the Ozarks, including the West Plains area, which is home to a Caterpillar facility. This is the fourth year the foundation has provided support to Howell County. With one in six adults and one in four children struggling with hunger in Howell County, support from foundations like Caterpillar are greatly appreciated.
LOOKING AHEAD... The Food Bank will be closed Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving and Dec. 22 and 25 for Christmas. The next food safety class is on Nov. 29.