Kids program provides safe, fun enviorment
eeding as many as 135 kids a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack and supper every day is just part of the job at AOK and Nathan’s Place in Lamar this summer. And the CACFP and SFSP programs through Ozarks Food Harvest make it possible. For all those kids, though, the best part of the Summer Camp program is all the fun that happens between those meals. The program, open to kids in kindergarten through high school, runs all summer, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, giving parents a safe, healthy and fun place to take their children during the work week. And it gives those kids an array of activities and some great meals – from biscuits and gravy for breakfast to homemade tacos for supper. Some of the food is even from their own garden. Jerod Morey, director of the youth center, said a Walmart grant made it possible to get all the commercial appliances – stoves, freezers and coolers – and cookware needed to prepare meals at both sites. “It made things a lot more efficient,” he said. AOK, About Our Kids Youth Development Services Inc., was established in 1999 out of a need for child care in the small town in Barton County best known as the birthplace of President Harry Truman. Many parents in Lamar travel to larger communities, such as Pittsburg, Kansas or Joplin, to work, and they need a safe place for their kids to stay. “We’re trying to be a family away from the
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family,” explained Jerod. “We want to make their lives easier.” With a full program schedule and a professional, educated staff, the Summer Camp has always been well attended. This year, the theme of the 13-week program was the Olympics. Each participant was assigned to a country, learning about its food, SOME OF THE FOOD SERVED AT AOK AND NATHAN’S PLACE IN LAMAR IS GROWN IN A GARDEN TENDED TO BY THE YOUTH IN THE PROGRAM. culture, language and geography while a trip to Ozarks Food Harvest to see where all having a fun time. that food came from. They bowled, played “They didn’t even realize they were learning,” in a water park, jumped on trampolines, Jerod said with a grin. watched movies, attended a Springfield Using a kinesthetic learning model, each Cardinals game and visited the Arrowhead student took a hands-on approach to the Stadium sports lab. activities. They learned measurements by All of that is meant to provide a valuable reading recipes and cooking a dish from their experience for the kids, where they have lots country. They gardened, played soccer and of fun, meet new friends, learn important other sports, did crossword puzzles and word skills and lessons and eat good food. finds that incorporated the language of their “It’s our way of saying, ‘We value you’,” said country, held an art show, learned yoga and Jerod. “We cook for you and we do projects went swimming, of course. with you.” Field trips were a little more local, including
Help Center moves into new building Tips on writing a competitive grant Events for Hunger Action Month in September Several new agencies join The Food Bank
A NEW BUILDING FOR THE HELP CENTER WAS A MATTER OF FAITH FOR THE NEOSHO MINISTRY.
New, larger building an answer to prayer
ou could call The Help Center in Neosho a house of faith. Selling their old, too-small building off the square and finding the perfect large space out on Highway 86 in a matter of months was really a matter of faith … and plenty of prayer. When The Help Center opened off the town square in 1998 the building seemed perfect for the ministry. But about five years ago, it was obvious that the organization had outgrown its space. When the Ozarks Food
Harvest truck arrived, there wasn’t enough storage space inside, and there was little space for more than a few people to wait inside when they were getting food. Moving would require finding a new location and finding a buyer for the old building. Neither solution came immediately. But when the answers to those prayers came early in 2014, they came quickly. The business next door was also outgrowing its space, and the owner said he would like to buy The Help
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Center building. “But we had no place to go,” director Donna Wilson said. “We were all praying. We wanted to move by March.” There was a large building with plenty of parking space available on a highway just outside of town, so they took a look at it. “The first time we walked in, it was flooded. The bathroom pipe broke,” Donna recalled. “But we could see the potential.” It was already February when they made an offer that was accepted, but legal issues with the seller were holding up the final sale. Acting on faith, they requested to be able to start working on the building, before all the paperwork was finished. March was only a few weeks away. The down payment on the sale of the old building, and a $10,000 donation from Gospel Lighthouse, The Help Center’s sponsoring church – along with plenty of donated items and labor – made it possible to get into the building and accept the first Ozarks Food Harvest delivery on March 13. The doors opened on March 18. “We still had no paperwork,” Donna said. All that faith and all that prayer paid off. The Help Center officially owned the property by the end of that month. Good stewardship and a good credit history allowed them to get the best rate in town, and the payments on the old building were sufficient to cover the payments on the new one. One anonymous donor even made it possible for them to pay the principal down, so the loan should be paid early, she said. With all the donations, hard work and fortunate timing, Donna believes there is something else at play. “It’s been a real miracle.”
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DID YOU KNOW? There are roughly 15,083 food pantries in America as of this year. In 2014, a volunteer’s estimated value of hourly time was $21.30. The Value of Volunteer Time estimate helps acknowledge the millions of individuals who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to making a difference. Charitable organizations can use this estimate to quantify the enormous value volunteers provide.
Reminders of TEFAP policies
You have the right to refuse service to any client who is belligerent! For best practice, a suggestion is to post a sign stating, “We have the right to refuse service to any client who is belligerent. “ If a client continues the behavior, suggest sending a proxy in the future. It is extremely important to keep The Food Bank updated on your hours of operation, especially TEFAP hours, which are submitted to the state and are posted on the state’s website, as well as OFH’s. Please make sure you are posting the TEFAP items of the month during distribution to inform clients of what they are receiving. As a reminder, clients may receive TEFAP items on a monthly basis and are not required to show their social security and income information. TEFAP is a self-declaration program. Food received from TEFAP must be distributed within six months! Best practice is to distribute food within two months.
CONTACT US Ozarks Food Harvest Member Services 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, Mo., 65803
Hunger Action Month
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the weekends. Listeners can call toll free 800-445-1059 to make a pledge, or donate at the event outside iHeartMedia, located near Glenstone and Sunshine. • Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are partnering together for Empty Bowls 2015, an event offering a meal of soup and bread — and a bowl created by a local artist — in exchange for cash donations. Join us Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. for this great event at Panera located at 2924 E. Sunshine St. The empty bowls serve as a reminder of those struggling with hunger in southwest Missouri. All the money raised will support children, families and seniors in need. There will be nearly 200 bowls to purchase, and the first 150 people to donate $10 or more will receive free soup.
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New agencies join OFH Eminence School Pantry transitions to Community Pantry In July, the school pantry in Eminence moved from a tiny storeroom in the rear of the school to a bright, open space at the nearby First Assembly of God church. A Dunkin Donuts-Baskin Robbins grant allowed the school pantry to open late in August 2014. After providing monthly food assistance for several months, it was soon evident that the pantry needed to expand to the community, more space and someone to take on the mission. Patty Raye Jones’ husband is a custodian at the school and told her about the program, as well as the needs, so she volunteered to help distribute food in June. That was all it took for her to step up as the new leader. Her church stepped up, too. “We have a much larger space to accommodate
more items,” she said. “We believe in churching beyond the four walls of the church, reaching out to the community. This seemed like a good project to do that.” This is not just a First Assembly ministry, however. Patty has reached out to other churches and individuals. “It brings a community together,” she said. “We’re making a difference … That’s the best part.” House of Hope When Director Angela Shelley came to the Polk County House of Hope in Bolivar from Harmony House, a shelter in Springfield, one of her first questions was, “Why aren’t we a member agency of Ozarks Food Harvest? We need to get OFH in here.” She knew about OFH because Harmony House is a member. House of Hope was spending more than $200 per week on groceries to feed the 18 or more women and children living in the
Good news at The Food Bank Walmart awards grants to agencies
Egg donation from Opal Foods
Thanks to The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, eligible member agencies have a chance to receive a portion of $125,000 from Ozarks Food Harvest to be used as a Challenge Grant for hunger relief in the Ozarks. This is the sixth year Walmart has generously supported OFH and its member agencies. Funds raised, up to the approved award amount ($500 up to $5,000), in addition to The Food Bank matching funds, will be credited to accounts as they are received. Deadline for applying is Tuesday, Sept. 15. Awards will be announced Sept. 25.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a donation of 17,125 dozen eggs from Opal Foods, headquartered in Neosho, on Aug. 18. This generous donation exceeds Opal Foods’ annual spring egg donation by over 54,000 eggs, bringing the total of eggs donated to The Food Bank this year to nearly 357,000. The Food Bank has received over 850,000 eggs from Opal Foods since the partnership began in 2008. Eggs are a prized item due to their high protein and nutrition content, but they are also one of the hardest foods to acquire.
shelter – finding best prices and sales, getting donations from the community and even help from the nearby Salvation Army. “The community helps a lot,” Angela said. “And we have a garden at the house.” Some of the residents also share food. The women at the shelter prepare meals and the families all share and eat together. Now that House of Hope is an OFH member, Angela expects to reduce food costs by more than half, leaving money for much needed cleaning supplies and needed items for the families. Nevada Community Kitchen Nevada Community Outreach has operated a pantry for more than 25 years. This year, it has extended its outreach by adding the Nevada Community Kitchen, which provides hot meals to people in Vernon County. The Community Kitchen opened in August and serves lunch Mondays through Fridays. Monett Community Pantry Monett Community Kitchen became an Ozarks Food Harvest agency late last year, and its pantry became an agency in August. Monett Community Pantry held its first pantry distribution on Aug. 3, providing fresh produce and other products to about 30 families. The pantry will be open every Monday to help people in the Monett area. The Community Kitchen serves supper on Tuesdays and Thursdays and lunch on Saturdays. The Caring Place First Baptist Church of Walnut Grove opened its food pantry and clothing bank – The Caring Place – in 2008. The Caring Place became a member agency in July of this year. The pantry is open once a month and distributes food to about 20 families in the Walnut Grove area. The clothing bank is also open once a month.
LOOKING AHEAD... Hunger Challenge Grant Applications are due Sept. 15 Food Safety classes for pantries, feeding centers will be Sept. 18 The Food Bank will be closed for Labor Day, Sept. 7