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September 2017

Summer food helps kids have summer fun


his summer, Ozarks Food Harvest sponsored 15 Summer Food sites in 10 counties. Ozarks Food Harvest loves supporting these sites for many reasons, and one reason is these sites give kids unforgettable summer experiences. Some of the activities the sites offered for children included teaching them how to grow a garden, attending Springfield Cardinals games, hosting theme weeks like Super Hero week, partnering with the local library for fun activities at parks and even field trips to the zoo. Some Summer Food sites went to places like Fritz’s Adventure in Branson, Talking Rocks Caverns, aquatic parks, ice skating rinks and movie theaters. “[The kids] of course love to play, have fun and go on field trips,” said Rick Ragsdale, program director at Cassville YMCA, a Summer Food site. “They enjoy the food we serve and not just what you would think. Yes they love pancake days, but their favorite snack is when we make salads. They have a blast when they get to help prep on items like homemade salsa, slicing apples and even letting them pour the milk.” Ragsdale added that when they gave the children more responsibilities with meal preparation, they were willing to try new foods like fresh guava, hummus and guacamole. Two Summer Food sites switched from serving a meal and a snack last summer to serving two meals every day. Seymour



YMCA changed from serving breakfast and an afternoon snack to serving breakfast and lunch. El Dorado Springs Youth, Inc. switched from serving a morning snack and lunch to serving breakfast and lunch. These switches mean that kids are getting more food. Two other Summer Food sites that took children on field trips were About Our Kids (AOK) and Nathan’s Place. In addition, these sites also made an effort

Hand Extended gets remodeled Details about Charity Tracker PLUS Make sure agency information is current September is Hunger Action Month

to engage kids with classes focused on nutrition education, character education and service learning. “Our youth were most appreciative, and the thank yous and smiles say it all,” said Jerod Morey, AOK executive director. “Some of our youth, this was the first time out of Lamar, or Barton County for them. They were able to experience new foods and activities they would not be able to otherwise.”

to help us.” The pantry originally had shelves that were made of particle board and floors lined with carpet, both of which were hard to keep clean. Walmart was able to help cover the cost to remove the carpet and provided shelves that are easy to wipe down. In addition to improvements in the pantry, Walmart donated mats for volunteers to stand on to prevent sore feet, a cart to transport donations, 86 chairs for clients to sit on and a large conference table. “My lady that boxes up all of the food, she says that her back doesn’t hurt because the new table is at the right height,” said Mark. “We are able to put more food in the pantry because we can stack higher. And the new chairs are comfortable, so it makes it better for our clients who are waiting on their food.” HAND EXTENDED RECEIVED EASY-TO-CLEAN SHELVES FROM WALMART AS A DONATION.

Hand Extended gets remodel


hen Hand Extended held their annual Pass it On Christmas gift event last year, they met a special volunteer who wanted to help the pantry increase its effectiveness. Kabel Swenson works in store planning at Walmart, and part of his job includes finding local charities to partner with when opening

new stores. “Kabel came to see what we were doing and he just fell in love with our program,” said Kaye Mark, senior director of Hand Extended. “He looked at my food pantry, and he liked what we were doing, but he is always thinking of how he can make things more efficient. That’s when he decided he wanted


Charity Tracker PLUS increases agency effectiveness Are you looking for additional ways to track your clients using Charity Tracker? The PLUS version of Charity Tracker has additional features such as scanning technology, digital signatures, a create and track outcomes function, request and referral capabilities, and file upload storage. The scanning technology drastically cuts down client wait time and data entry time. Users can print and use ID cards without expensive hardware and open a case and assistance record quickly. Digital signatures allow users to store

clients’ release of information and capture signatures using a mouse, smart phone or tablet. The create and track outcomes feature makes it easy to develop a plan for clients and collaborate with other agencies to lead the client to self-sustainability. Outcomes have tailored flexibility and allows an unlimited number of sections, goals and statuses. Requests and referrals are helpful when an agency doesn’t offer specific assistance a client has requested by making it easier to

find and refer a client to an agency that can meet their need. File uploads allow users to save client documents and attach files to bulletins, assistance records, requests and case notes. The cost is $30 per month per user. Some agencies who use the PLUS version include Good Samaritan of the Ozarks in Waynesville and Richland, People Helping People in Republic, and Feeding Inc. in Carthage. To learn more about Charity Tracker PLUS, contact Terra Lamb, agency outreach coordinator at 417-865-3411 ext. 125.

DID YOU KNOW? The Double Up Food Bucks program is now offered in Dent, Greene, Jasper, Taney and Texas county. The program allows SNAP participants to buy up to $25 worth of SNAP-eligible items and get a matching amount of fruits and vegetables. In fiscal year 2017, OFH provided $276,000 to members in the form of grant opportunities and pass-thru funding. Since June 2016, over one million pounds of fresh produce has been distributed through Feeding Missouri’s Produce Promise, a commitment to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for Missouri’s most vulnerable citizens.

TEFAP corner

Sen. Blunt supports TEFAP

Senator Blunt signed a joint Senate letter to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, urging him to ensure the USDA is utilizing all resources to secure a steady stream of TEFAP food to our nation’s food banks. If no additional commodity purchases are made this fiscal year, there will be a 43 percent drop in commodities distributed. This will affect the entire Feeding America network of 200 food banks. Ozarks Food Harvest depends on the USDA to continue this commitment. We thank Senator Blunt for recognizing the importance of solving the issue of food insecurity in Missouri. Last year, the TEFAP program supplied more than 2.5 million meals to southwest Missouri.

Director Q & A

Belle Lown


elle Lown is the director of the Carthage Crosslines. She has been with the organization for 33 years and worked her way up from assistant director to director after working at the pantry for only five months. Read the interview to learn more about Lown. Q: What part of your job do you personally find most satisfying and most challenging? A: I consider what I do a privilege not a job. It’s hard to believe I get to do what is in my heart to do and get paid to do it. So many people hate going to work every day. I have never felt that. I love what I do. The most challenging part of my job is getting funding to continue servicing our families. Everyone is willing to fund a program but few are willing to fund the operational cost to provide those programs. Prayerfully there are funding groups who will realize it takes a building, utilities and staff to operate the programs within an organization and open their funds for those expenses. Praise God, He has been faithful for 33 years.

Q: What is the best part of your job? A: There are too many best parts to pick one. I am blessed to live in a very giving community where the people are willing to give to the less fortunate around them. We have an awesome group of people on our board, and an assistant, who truly care about helping others. I work with the greatest, most faithful volunteers in the world. And together we are able to make life easier for so many families who appreciate what we do. As a bonus, we are able to pray with many of our families when they experience a challenge.


Q: What does a typical day look like? A: For years, Carthage Crosslines was open 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday in the mornings only. Recently, we decided to include afternoon hours. We are now open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our families have responded well to the change and appreciate the extended hours. As the number of families we service increase, we will be able to add days to our work week.

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Q: What do you enjoy to do in your free time? A: I enjoy taking pictures, bird watching from my front yard, traveling to different parts of the United States, especially if they have Lighthouses, and my grand and greatgrandchildren. I can’t imagine a life, on this earth, that would be more fulfilling.

Locations (Ship To and Bill To), Contacts and Hours. If information needs to be updated, please contact Member Services by email only at On behalf of the entire team at Ozarks Food Harvest, thank you for your commitment to serving our struggling neighbors in southwest Missouri!

The Ozarks Food Harvest Agency Conference is April 9, 2018 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center.








Join The Food Bank for Hunger Action Month this September! Join your regional food bank to raise awareness of hunger in the Ozarks.

Shine a light on hunger


by lighting up your home or business ORANGE during September.

Create a Hope Note


for a child that receives a Weekend Backpack.


Labor Day

Splash & Sizzle with Springfield-Greene County Park Board. Swim free at Fassnight and Grant Beach pools when you donate nonperishable food for OFH.

Last day


to call the hotline & pledge your support for the Weekend Backpack Program.

105.9 KGBX

Give online with 5 Pound Apparel


visit the retailer’s Facebook page to get involved in the goal to sponsor 5 kids with Weekend Backpacks for a year.

Go to The Coffee Ethic


any day this month and purchase a single origin coffee or chai latte to provide 4 meals to neighbors in need.


Get your kids involved by

programs. Give securely online at

with LifePoints.

meals to your struggling neighbors.

1 in 5 children and 1 in 7 adults in southwest Missouri may not know how they will get their next meal.

your Sign up 27 25 Pack leftovers for 26 for OFH’s lunch newsletter at Donate the Become a Spend only $4.07 per money you save Hunger Hero day on food this and schedule a to OFH. $1 for The Food week and share your tour of The provides Bank! Sort food experience with Food Bank.


4 meals!



asking them if they have ideas on how to end hunger. Whether it is a lemonade stand or a car wash, Wear orange and there are creative post a picture using ways to make a #HungerActionMonth difference. and #HungerHeroes

OFH at 19 20 18 Help Visit Mama 17 CBCO Tell your Jean’s any day this Watch & Share Donate blood and friends about month and purchase the OFH video at learn how your gift the issue of a smoothie of the can get an extra lift hunger. month to provide 4

your family, co-workers and friends on social media.

Challenge others to participate, and make it your goal to spread awareness about the issue of hunger!

19th annual Hungerthon radio-thon

2 Go to the Dickerson Park Zoo and make a cash donation of $4 for adults and $2 for children to receive half-off admission.



on iHeartMedia’s 105.9 KGBX. Join the effort to solve local child hunger.

Sponsor a child for $25/mo. by calling 417-890-5429.

Come see Kevin & Liz outside the historic Tower Theatre at Glenstone & Sunshine.

Take the SNAP Challenge

Hang this calendar in your home and office.

into 6 Fall 7 Visit giving Neighbor’s Mill 96¢ of every $1 goes Bakery and Cafe straight to feeding any day this month and purchase a pumpkin muffin to provide 4 meals for hungry neighbors.


donations or pack Weekend Backpacks and Senior Food boxes.

15 Join the 16 Plan a food drive Glean Team to help provide fresh competition among friends. produce to those in Peanut butter: 4 pts. Beans: 3 pts. Veggies: 2 pts. Soup: 1 pt.

Tea Bar & 21 Follow OFH 22 Bites Apron Fashion Show & Instagram: @ozarksfoodharvest Silent Auction Proceeds benefit OFH, purchase tickets in advance at 621 S. Pickwick.


Host a garage sale and donate

the proceeds to Ozarks Food Harvest. It is a great way to clean out the closet and help those in need!

Twitter: @ozksfoodharvest Facebook: ozarksfoodharvest

Donate to receive a handmade bowl


need. Learn how at

23 Attend OFH’s Iron Chef

at Farmers Market of the Ozarks. Vote for your favorite chef with donations.

Mark your calendar


McDonald’s Cans for Coffee, at Panera Bread on Oct. 30-Nov. 29 Campbell at the Empty Bowls event. Check Out Hunger, Proceeds benefit OFH. Nov. 12-Dec. 31

Get involved at

Good news at The Food Bank OFH breaks fiscal year record

Musgrave grants $8,000 to OFH

Ozarks Food Harvest provided nearly 16.4 million meals to people in need during the last fiscal year, breaking all previous food bank records. Thanks to supporters, Ozarks Food Harvest infused more than $30 million into the economy of southwest Missouri last year. The regional food bank is now more than halfway to its goal of providing 30 million meals to close the meal gap. More than 15.1 million meals were distributed directly to hunger-relief agencies across our 28-county service area.

Ozarks Food Harvest received an $8,000 grant from the Musgrave Foundation to benefit the Weekend Backpack Program. The gift will provide 1,250 food bags to children in need over the weekend in Springfield schools. Since 2006, this generous foundation has donated $448,500 to hunger-relief in the Ozarks. Be sure to tune into 105.9 KGBX with Kevin & Liz for Hungerthon on Sept. 8-11 to learn more about the Weekend Backpack Program and encourage others to donate!

LOOKING AHEAD... OFH is closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day. Wear orange on Sept. 14 to raise hunger awareness. Food safety classes are on Sept. 27 and Oct. 25.

Network News | September 2017  
Network News | September 2017