HARVEST TIME OZARKS FOOD HARVEST – THE FOOD BANK
NEWSLETTER FROM THE O’REILLY CENTER FOR HUNGER RELIEF
EQUIPMENT GRANT HELPS PANTRY
Donated produce, meats feed families this holiday season For Alice and her family, People Helping People in Republic has been a lifesaver. “There’s been times that my husband has been laid off or we’re short of income,” the 32-year-old shared. “Times are hard … but then there are resources like this.” People Helping People, a member agency of Ozarks Food Harvest, started providing food and clothing to people in Republic almost 30 years ago. It joined The Food Bank’s network in 2009 so it could expand its assistance to better serve the community. About 80 families visit People Helping People every month to receive fresh produce, dairy, meats and pantry staples. Alice said the pantry helps her worry less about having enough food for her kids, Hunter and Hannah.
“I don't know what people would do without the pantry. Everybody is very grateful.” -Alice, People Helping People client “They know that we always find a way to get what we need, but they don’t know how bad things are,” she shared. “You’re working as hard as you can, and really try to do the best you can do, but when it comes down to it, when you need that little extra, there are places you can go and nobody judges you.” People Helping People is run by a volunteer staff and board. Board co-chairman Kathy Kelly said many people who utilize their help are not making enough money to support their families, are out of work temporarily or are seniors that need a little more help than their fixed income can provide. The front entrance of the small pantry is packed with donated clothes and shoes. Just to the left of the clothes is a large refrigerator full of fresh fruits and vegetables. In the
back room, nonperishable food is stored on shelves up to the ceiling, and a of row and refrigerators and freezers line the back wall. The coolers were part of a grant Ozarks Food Harvest awarded the pantry. Since adding the equipment, Kelly said they have been able to better serve the area families in need. “They love this,” she said. “We’re able to give more meat than we used to.” After receiving the refrigerators and freezers, People Helping People connected with a new Retail Pick-Up Program partner, Walmart in Clever. In the first six months of 2015, the pantry was able to receive 12,000 pounds of food through this Ozarks Food Harvest program. More than half of those donations were meats and produce. Without the equipment provided by Ozarks Food Harvest, the pantry would have been forced to turn away the donation. People Helping People shared in a grant report: "We are very appreciative to receive the grants for the much needed equipment. We are able to help so many more people.” Board co-chairman Cindy Crabtree said that the pantry relies on its community for support. “Every time we have a need, someone steps up.” Crabtree said one way the community helps is by providing Christmas presents for at-risk children. “We make sure every child has a really good Christmas,” she said.
This year, 120 families will receive Christmas gifts and a box full of food. Crabtree said although people might think that the children would be more excited about the presents, she said that many children are more grateful for the food. “A family was getting presents loaded into their car and a board member asked a little girl, ‘Do you like the presents?' The girl said, ‘But do we get food?' That was the first thing she asked,” Crabtree shared. “It just shows how big the need is.” For Alice, People Helping People is more than a food pantry. It’s a support system she has come to reply on when times get tough. “It’s a great organization and it helps a lot,” she said. “People have to depend on this because a lot of people are struggling. I don’t know what people would do without the pantry. Everybody is very grateful.”
CANS FOR COFFEE COLLECTS 20,000 POUNDS OF FOOD
OZARKS FOOD HARVEST'S DENISE GIBSON AND BART BROWN ACCEPT A CHECK FROM SGC FOODSERVICE CFO AND OFH BOARD OF DIRECTORS TREASURER TOMMY WOHLGEMUTH.
SGC FOODSERVICE GIFTS $18,000 TO OFH First-time fundraiser provides food for Backpack Program SGC Foodservice delivered a truckload of food to Ozarks Food Harvest, thanks to donations provided by its employees, customers and vendors during the Fill the Truck fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser were used to purchase child-friendly and shelf-stable food items including cereal, fruit juices and easyopen cans of vegetable soup to support The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program. “Thanks to the generosity of SGC Foodservice, Ozarks Food Harvest will be able to provide more meals to children on weekends during the school year,” said Denise Gibson, Ozarks Food Harvest development and communication director. Since 2003, the Weekend Backpack Program has provided thousands of food insecure children with a bag of food containing six nutritious, balanced and easy-to-open meals for students to take home to ensure they have food over the weekends when school meals are not available. The $18,516 donation from SGC Foodservice will support 2,314 Weekend Backpacks containing nearly 14,000
The eighth annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive collected nearly 20,000 pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest. “Cans for Coffee is not only important to helping provide food to hungry Missourians, but it also draws awareness to the complex issue of hunger in our community,” shared Denise Gibson, OFH development and communication director. More than sixty area McDonald’s restaurants in 40 communities participated in the drive by encouraging customers to bring a nonperishable food donation to the front counter or drive-thru window to receive one free small McCafé beverage of their choice. Since 2008, Tyson Foods has donated more than 240,000 pounds of frozen chicken to The Food Bank in honor of Cans for Coffee — donating 40,000 pounds of chicken this year. This boost to the drive will allow Ozarks Food Harvest to provide nearly 50,000 meals to its network of 200 partner agencies. “We are so thankful for McDonald’s continued partnership, and we especially appreciate all their generous customers who brought in food items to help The Food Bank provide thousands of meals to our neighbors in need,” Gibson said. “We’re also thankful for Tyson's donation of chicken which came just in time to help families during the holidays.” Since the Cans for Coffee drive began, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 201,000 pounds of food to provide over 168,000 meals.
THE WEEKEND BACKPACK PROGRAM PROVIDES KIDS WITH NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO TAKE HOME OVER THE WEEKEND WHEN SCHOOL MEALS AREN'T AVAILABLE.
meals for children in need. “SGC Foodservice has a proud history of community support. Our team set a goal of filling a truck with food to fill over 2,000 backpacks to support Ozarks Food Harvest as we celebrate our 150th year of business,” said Jeff Tynes, SGC Foodservice president/CEO. “As a foodservice company, we saw this as an opportunity to serve both our community and the youth that make use of this great program. We want to say thank you to our customers, vendors and dedicated SGC team members for all their hard work to make the Fill the Truck fundraiser a success.”
DONATIONS FROM THIS YEAR'S CANS FOR COFFEE WILL PROVIDE NEARLY 50,000 MEALS.
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POVERTY STILL A RED FLAG Happy Holidays from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief! I’m sure many of you would agree that the Ozarks is a special place to call home. The willingness to work together to better the community and a genuine concern for others are some of the things I value most. This fall, a report card highlighting the strengths — blue ribbons — and challenges — red flags — in Springfield and Greene County was released. Although we received many high marks in areas like collaboration,
community revitalization and awareness of civic responsibility, poverty continues to be widespread among our neighbors. According to the report, Springfield recently surpassed St. Louis to become the city in Missouri with the highest percentage of families in poverty. No matter how many times I’ve heard about the challenges facing local families, the facts continue to surprise me. Bart shared with me that even though unemployment in Greene County has declined from nearly nine percent in 2010 to just under five percent today, more than half of children in Springfield Public Schools receive free or reduced-price lunches. For a child to qualify for a free meal at school, a family of three, for instance, would need to make less than about $26,000 annually, according to government regulations. This serves as a clear indication that many folks in our community are struggling every day to make ends meet. Bart recently told me about one family in Springfield who needs food assistance. OZARKS FOOD HARVEST STAFF LOAD FOOD IN FOUR-YEAR-OLD ZOE'S WAGON Even after starting AT A MOBILE FOOD PANTRY HELD AT REED MIDDLE SCHOOL IN SPRINGFIELD.
UPCOMING EVENTS CHECK OUT HUNGER THROUGH DEC. 31 Nearly sixty area stores are partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest through Dec. 31 to help Check Out Hunger this holiday season and raise money to feed our neighbors in need.
provide 250,000 more meals to those who struggle with hunger in southwest Missouri.
Check Out Hunger gives shoppers in local communities the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their bill when checking out at area grocers, including Akin’s, Bistro Market, Country Mart, Harter House, HyVee, King Cash Saver, Murfin’s Market, Pennington’s Supermarket, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Smitty’s, Summer Fresh and Woods Supermarket. Last year’s Check Out Hunger was a recordbreaking year raising nearly $50,000 to help
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CHARLIE'S CORNER their own business, Melody and her husband still have trouble getting enough food for their family. “Business had been doing really well but it’s slowed down for the winter,” Melody shared with Food Bank staff. “We haven’t wanted to reapply (for food stamps), we’ve been doing really good, but the last couple weeks have been really tight.” Melody brought her two daughters, Zoe and Ellora to a recent Mobile Food Pantry at Reed Elementary School. Volunteers and staff loaded food into the family’s wagon, and I’m told the family pulled the wagon full of food back to their home a few blocks away. Melody said she won’t have to worry about what her family is going to eat tomorrow thanks to the help from Ozarks Food Harvest, and for that she is grateful. Your generous gifts this season will help families like Melody's throughout the year. On behalf of the O'Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, thank you for your support.
SCOUTING FOR FOOD Look for the 27th annual Scouting for Food drive coming in the spring. Area Boy Scouts will go door-to-door in the community to collect nonperishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest. Community members can donate in the grocery sacks left at their door to help feed hungry children, families and seniors throughout the Ozarks. Ozarks Food Harvest's most needed items include tuna, salmon and other canned meats, peanut butter, beans, boxed or Join The meals, Food Bank Panera on canned rice at and pasta,Bread canned National & Elm during the First Friday Art Walk, vegetables and fruit and cereal. Nov. 7. When you make a monetary donation to OFH, you receive soup and a baguette Donations will alsoan be"empty accepted at Ozarks from Panera—plus bowl” created Food Harvest, N. Cedarbrook Ave.,asand by a local artist.2810 The "empty bowls" serve a Ozark Trails Council headquarters, reminder of the thousands of empty1616 bowlsS.on Eastgate Ave.across SWMO. dinner tables
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YEAR-END GIFTS HELP AREA FAMILIES IN NEED
BART BROWN, PRESIDENT/CEO
As we approach the New Year at Ozarks Food Harvest, I am thankful for the loyalty and hard work our donors and volunteers continue to show. With the help of our large family of supporters, we have accomplished a lot this year. We saw a dramatic increase in the number of volunteers at The Food Bank, which you can read about on page six, and several community events drew first-time donors to help their neighbors in need. Unfortunately, many children, families and seniors in our community still do not know where their next meal will come from. Our goal is to give back as much as we can to the 28 counties we serve in southwest Missouri. That’s why we are careful stewards of your generosity, using 96 cents out of every
$1 donated for food distribution and services, with only four cents going to administrative and fundraising costs. We spoke with Cassie, 36, at a recent Mobile Food Pantry. She is the mother of two children who bravely told the story of her family’s struggle: “My kids are not seeing a Christmas this year, but we have hope.” The assistance Cassie receives ensures her children get the nutritious meals they need. “The food is a great help to our family,” she said. “For Ozarks Food Harvest to provide food for the people in need is them being a blessing.” Food Bank staff work hard every day for the families who visit our mobile pantries. We work hard for the seniors who receive a case of healthy food each month. We work hard for the nearly 1,600 children who take home a bag of nutritious food for the weekends. Thomas, an elementary student from Springfield, recently shared that being hungry makes him upset, but, “getting food from Ozarks Food Harvest made me and my family feel happy because we had something to eat.” Hearing from children like Thomas and moms like Cassie reaffirms why it is so important to continue fighting against hunger. Together, we have served 260,000 individuals this year, but the work of The Food
FOR EVERY $1 DONATED TO OFH, 96 CENTS GOES STRAIGHT TO FEEDING LOCAL FAMILIES.
Bank continues until we put an end to the heartbreaking issue of hunger. Hunger is a problem during the holiday season, but hunger will not end with the year. That is why your year-end contribution is crucial to our success of Transforming Hunger into Hope. For every $1 donated, we can distribute more than $10 worth of food. We hope you will consider making a gift to Ozarks Food Harvest this holiday season. Happy Holidays and thank you for all that you do!
AFP AWARD BELONGS TO ALL OF US
DENISE GIBSON, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
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I am honored to announce that last month I was named this year’s Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Ozarks Region Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Although I was the one presented this award, it truly belongs to all of us. Your continued generosity is dear to my heart. Without supporters like you, this achievement would not be possible. Throughout my 12 years at Ozarks Food Harvest, your loyalty to our work continues to amaze me. Before working at Ozarks Food Harvest, I had no idea what a food bank was, and was even more shocked to learn that so many people in my hometown were going hungry. It was truly hard to believe that children were going home to empty cupboards on the weekends, families working full-time were not making enough to buy groceries and seniors who had worked hard and saved their
entire lives were finding themselves without enough money to buy the basic necessities. During my time at Ozarks Food Harvest, I’ve had the great pleasure of implementing new marketing, communication and grant strategies that strengthened the overall financial health of Ozarks Food Harvest. I’m proud to have helped grow this critical organization into what it is today. But I did not do it alone. Without your faithfulness, we would not be able to serve over 260,000 children, families and seniors throughout the Ozarks each year. But the fight against hunger is not over. With one in six individuals, and one in four children, not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need for your gift of food, funds and time is great. We are able to provide for families in need because of your dedication. Thank you for all that you do to support the work of Ozarks Food Harvest in southwest Missouri.
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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 CATERPILLAR FOUNDATION AWARDS $14,000 GRANT Ozarks Food Harvest received a $14,000 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to help fight hunger in Howell County. This gift will bring more food to people struggling with hunger in the Ozarks, including the West Plains area, which is home to a Caterpillar facility. It will also help fund the Weekend Backpack Program at Richards Elementary in West Plains.
CBCO DONATES $2,000 TO OFH 88.3 RAISES $3,000 FOR OZARKS FOOD HARVEST Food Bank friends at 88.3 The Wind/ KWND and its affiliate station, KWFC 89.1 FM, generously collected more than $3,000 in donations during the annual Sharathon fundraising event. These stations understand the importance of giving back to their community. Thanks for joining listeners together to support hunger-relief efforts.
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.
Thanks to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks for gifting Ozarks Food Harvest $2,000 for recruiting the most blood donors this year. In addition, blood donors who supported OFH through LifePoints Lift have helped provide 925 meals to those in need.
BANK OF AMERICA GIFTS $10,000 Thank you to Bank of America for donating $10,000 to Ozarks Food Harvest. This generous donation will provide 50,000 meals to hungry children, families and seniors throughout southwest Missouri.
ARVEST BANKS IN SPRINGFIELD, NIXA AND JOPLIN DONATED FOOD AND FUNDS DURING THE CAMPAIGN.
ARVEST DONATES THROUGH ONE MILLION MEALS CAMPAIGN
COMMUNITY RESOURCES Gordon Day, Community Resources Director Dan Bohannon, Retail Store Donation Coordinator Jeremy Clark, Volunteer Coach Christy Claybaker, Community Engagement Coord. Cameron Crews, Volunteer Coach JoleneThompson, Volunteer Engagement Manager MandyVela, Volunteer Coach JacobWaggoner, Volunteer Coach BrianWilson, Volunteer Center Supervisor 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 Elise Peck, Member Services Assistant JaneTerry, Creative Information Specialist ErinThomason, Nutrition Programs Coordinator
CBCO'S LORI MCLERRAN AND ANTHONY ROBERTS PRESENT A CHECK TO OZARKS FOOD HARVEST'S DENISE GIBSON AND CHRISTINE TEMPLE.
Special thanks to Arvest Bank for donating to The Food Bank during the fifth annual 1 Million Meals campaign. Banks in the Springfield and Nixa area collected 659 pounds of food and $3,329, while the Joplinarea banks donated 615 pounds and $6,652.
CHEF BRANDEN BENTLEY COMPETES AT OFH'S DONOR APPRECIATION EVENT, TASTE OF ELEGANCE.
MISSOURI PORK ASSOCIATION HOSTS EVENT FOR DONORS Thanks to the chefs and judges who participated in the Taste of Elegance donor appreciation event last month hosted by the Pork Association and Ozarks Food Harvest. Congratulations to Chef Branden Bentley of Aviary at Farmers Park for winning first place.
PICK-N-PULL PROVIDES NEARLY 8,000 MEALS The local Pick-n-Pull Self-Service Auto & Truck Dismantlers store continues to partner with The Food Bank to raise funds as part of the Racing to Stop Hunger fund drive. This year, employees collected $1,557 to support Ozarks Food Harvest. Since the fund drive began two years ago, Pick-n-Pull has given $5,940 to provide nearly 30,000 meals to hungry individuals in the Ozarks.
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VOLUNTEER & FOOD DRIVE PROGRAMS
HOLIDAY 2015 VOLUNTEERS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE
HEALTH SCIENCES ACADEMY AT MERCY COLLECTED THE MOST FOOD PER STUDENT AMONG MIDDLE SCHOOLS, COLLECTING 840 POUNDS OF FOOD, EQUATING TO OVER 17 POUNDS PER STUDENT.
STUDENTS COLLECT 36K POUNDS IN FOOD FIGHT Twenty-eight Springfield Public Schools and 16 community partners battled in Ozarks Food Harvest’s fifth annual Food Fight competition, collecting over 36,500 pounds of donations. The food and fund drive has collected nearly 94,000 pounds of donations for The
STUDENTS COLLECTED OVER 36,500 POUNDS OF FOOD DURING THIS YEAR'S FOOD FIGHT.
Food Bank since the competition among SPS students began in 2010. This year, 21,279 pounds of food and $2,776 was raised to provide 31,600 meals to hungry individuals this holiday season. Several schools partnered with local businesses to collect the food and funds. The Food Fight champion in the middle school category is the Health Sciences Academy at Mercy. Hillcrest High School is the Food Fight champion among high schools. Carver Middle School stands out as a record-breaker, collecting 4,214 pounds of food, which is the highest number of pounds collected by any school in the history of the SPS Food Fight. The four elementary schools with classes winning field trips to The Food Bank are Campbell, Pittman, Pleasant View and Rountree.
This year, Ozarks Food Harvest saw a dramatic increase in the number of volunteers eager to help hungry individuals in southwest Missouri. In fiscal year 2014, 2,400 volunteers donated 23,000 hours of time. This fiscal year, 3,400 volunteers donated 27,000 hours to help provide food for their neighbors in need. Arlene Eichler began volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest nearly four years ago. She shared, “This has really filled a void for me, I just really feel like I am doing something worthwhile, and I’ve met some really nice people.” Volunteers are a crucial part of the Ozarks Food Harvest team because every volunteer hour provides 105 meals to hungry children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. The Food Bank is grateful for these dedicated volunteers, especially now as they are working harder than ever before. Each week, volunteers package and sort over 82,000 pounds of product. That is an increase of nearly 20,000 pounds from last year’s average. Call Jolene Thompson at (417) 865-3411 or email email@example.com to learn more about volunteering your time at Ozarks Food Harvest.
ARLENE EICHLER VOLUNTEERS TO SORT AND REPACK FOOD AT THE FOOD BANK.
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GLEAN TEAM HARVESTS 20K POUNDS
THE GLEAN TEAM HARVESTED OVER 20,000 POUNDS OF PRODUCE THS SEASON.
Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team wrapped up its second season in November — harvesting 20,358 pounds of produce. Volunteers spent over 1,400 hours working in area gardens to provide nearly 17,000 meals to hungry individuals in the Ozarks. With the successful relocation of an additional high tunnel, similar to a greenhouse, the team hopes to expand its growing season next year by another 5,000 pounds, or more. Since starting the Glean Team in June 2014, volunteers have spent 1,700 hours harvesting more than 40,000 pounds of produce.
Community members are encouraged to plant an extra row in their home gardens and donate the produce to Ozarks Food Harvest — a great way to provide fresh and healthy food to your neighbors in need. The Glean Team will take a break over the winter months, but if you are interested in volunteering next year, visit ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer to fill out an application. Indicate gardening as a skill to become part of the Glean Team. Ozarks Food Harvest staff hope to begin prepping the gardens for spring harvest in February.
GROUPS 20+ HOURS
INDIVIDUALS 20+ HOURS
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FOOD DRIVES 200+ POUNDS SPS Food Fight — 21,279 lbs. McDonald's of the Ozarks — 16,600 Dollar Tree Stores — 6,285 Fort Leonard Wood Commissary — 5,050 Spokane High School — 4,306 MSU Can We Build It — 3,766 Gusano’s Pizza — 1,428 Arvest Bank — 1,274 Feds Feed Families — 1,256 Mama Jean's Natural Market — 721 Kellogg Corporation — 618 Everest College — 587 Gem of India — 584 Sherwood Village Apartments — 561 Temple Israel — 470 The Abbey — 417 Grant Ave. Free Will Baptist Church — 409 Cowden Elementary — 393 Payless ShoeSource — 297 The Cutting Edge Salon — 295 Performance Food Group of MO — 293 Fremont Elementary School — 285 Springfield-Greene County Library — 228 Sept. 9-Nov. 20, 2015
Harvey Kaylor Freeman Kleier Donald Landon Linda Lange George Lawrence Stephanie Loobeek Dave McGee Joe Meyer Janice Miller Melvie Mosier Charlene Nelson Sharon Peacock Kaitlyn Ramage Brad Raven Deborah Rumpf Tom Ryan Judith Sharp Laura Sims Robert Snider Brandon Snuffer Harley Snyder Stefanie Stoneking Justin Valdez Jacob Waggoner Kambry Wagner Lona Wait Melanie Webb Tammara Williams Matthew Wilson Larry Woolf Aug. 28-Oct. 31, 2015
FOOD DRIVE HOSTS NEEDED IN THE NEW YEAR As we head into the New Year when volunteers and food drives decline after the holidays, families in the Ozarks will continue to struggle to put food on the table and may not know where their next meal will come from. One in six people, and one in four children, are food insecure in southwest Missouri. Join the fight against hunger in the New Year by collecting food to support children, families and seniors throughout the Ozarks.
The food collected during community drives provides some of the most nutritious meals to hungry individuals. Registering for a food drive is easy and Ozarks Food Harvest provides various sizes of barrels and boxes to collect donations. Sign up at ozarksfoodharvest.org/fooddrive. For more information, call Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411 or email cclaybaker@ ozarksfoodharvest.org.
FOOD DRIVES PROVIDE SOME OF THE HEALTHIEST FOOD FOR THOSE IN NEED.
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