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harvest time OZARKS FOOD HARVEST – THE FOOD BANK

NEWSLETTER FROM THE O’REILLY CENTER FOR HUNGER RELIEF

distribution center expansion will provide millions more meals Richard and Janice, both 78, were first in line waiting for their local food pantry to open on a recent windy January morning. They’ve received help from People Helping People in Republic for years, and say that the pantry is an invaluable resource. The couple married in 1960 and Richard went on to have a successful career as a landscaper. Now retired, he struggles having enough to pay the bills. He even started, with his wife’s help, mowing their church’s lawn for extra income. Laughing, Janice said, “That’s what keeps us young.” Despite the couple’s cheerful spirit, they admit it is difficult to make ends meet. “We’ve had so much medical bills. I just had surgery last Thursday and have had six surgeries since 2013,” Richard said. “It just gets pretty expensive.” While at the pantry, Richard got a call from his health care provider following up on unpaid bills. “We just pay what we can,” he said. “It just bogs us down.” When asked if the pantry takes away the worry of having enough to eat, Janice said, “Oh you’re not kidding it does. It helps us a lot.” Although food insecurity affects people of all ages, seniors are particularly vulnerable. Studies show that seniors who struggle with hunger have a lower nutrient intake and are at a higher risk for chronic health conditions and depression. Seniors often face higher medical bills, causing them to choose between what they can afford, and sometimes that means skipping meals. Ozarks Food Harvest is committed to bridging the meal gap across the Ozarks and meeting the needs of seniors, as well as

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families and children struggling with hunger. That’s why this month The Food Bank announced the Ending Hunger, Building Hope capital campaign to build an additional 56,000 square-foot distribution center attached to its current facility in Springfield. Since moving into the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief in 2009, Ozarks Food Harvest has increased its distribution from seven million to 17 million pounds of food provided annually. Unfortunately, the need across The Food Bank’s 28-county service area has continued to outpace distribution. In fact, Ozarks Food Harvest was forced to turn away over one million pounds of food last year because it didn’t have the space, or the right kind of space, to accept the donations. That food could have helped seniors like Richard and Janice, and the hundreds of thousands of others who seek assistance through The Food Bank’s 270 member agencies. The capital campaign has secured private gifts over the past year. Now Ozarks Food Harvest must raise another $900,000 in gifts by Dec. 1 to secure a $700,000 challenge grant from the

J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and close out the campaign. Long-time supporter Commerce Bank stepped up with a pledge to support Ozarks Food Harvest’s capital campaign last year.

“We've had so much medical bills ... it just gets pretty expensive.” -Richard, food pantry client Doug Neff, Commerce Bank Springfield region CEO shared that his company supports The Food Bank because of its efficiency and smart use of resources to meet a critical need. “Supporting Ozarks Food Harvest with a capital project like this is important to allow The Food Bank to continue to grow its ability to serve the need, and we wanted to be a part of that,” Neff said. “It’s also the right thing to do. We’ve got to help our fellow citizens with their needs.” Continued on next page


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public needed to meet $700K challenge In addition to support from businesses, foundations and individuals, a team of eight OFH board members and community leaders serve on the Capital Campaign Leadership Committee to help fundraise and advocate for the campaign. Tim Bellanti, senior vice-president and Springfield division manager of Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc., serves on Ozarks Food Harvest’s board and is a member of the campaign leadership committee. He said fundraising for Ozarks Food Harvest has been a humbling experience and is proud that the organization sells itself with its reputation and the impact each dollar donated can make.

boy scouts across the ozarks will collect food and funds to benefit ozarks food harvest.

boy scouts go scouting for food next month 28th annual food drive provides good training for Boy Scouts

plans for the building addition include doubling the size of the OFH warehouse.

“Once we explain what can be accomplished by adding space to the existing facility, donors get on board quickly,” Bellanti said. “The current generation of donors have shown the desire to select very specific issues to address. They want to see, touch and feel their money at work. By supporting the facility expansion, more people in need will be able to eat. We live in a wonderful community that wants to address the fact that one in four children go to bed hungry every night. We must fix this problem and we will.” With support from the public, Ozarks Food Harvest plans to break ground on the new distribution center early next year. Seniors like Richard and Janice depend on The Food Bank, and the staff and board of directors are determined to make sure they don’t go hungry. This new building will more than double The Food Bank’s current space, and will help provide millions of more meals to children, families and seniors in need of food assistance across southwest Missouri.

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Helping the community and being a Boy Scout go hand-in-hand. Kurtis Grothoff, district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Springfield and surrounding areas, sees the benefits from Scouts partnering with nonprofits to address pressing needs. Local Scouts will join with Ozarks Food Harvest next month to do just that when they go door-to door collecting nonperishable food for the 28th annual Scouting for Food. Last year’s drive collected a record 29,745 pounds of food and $442 to provide 27,000 meals. “The Boy Scouts of the Ozark Trails Council in southwest Missouri participate in the Scouting for Food drive because it is rooted in the very foundation of the Scouting movement and its dedication to implement good character development and morals for the future leaders of our communities, country and world,” Grothoff said. “Scouts learn how to take care of others and their community and they do so by giving their own time and energy to help someone in need.” Plastic grocery sacks will be dropped off in neighborhoods throughout the month of

boy scouts collect food and funds outside of walmart during last year's 27th annual scouting for food drive.

March, with pick-up typically taking place the following weekend. The drive wraps up on Saturday, March 25 with a one-day, community-wide food drive at four Springfield Walmart locations. Community members can either donate food in grocery sacks left on their door, or donors can give at Walmart stores on Independence and Campbell from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Walmart Neighborhood Markets on East Republic and South Glenstone from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 25. Donations will also be accepted at the Ozark Trails Council headquarters, 1616 S. Eastgate, and at Ozarks Food Harvest throughout the week leading up to March 25.

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your support of capital campaign provides hope Greetings from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief! Along with my friends at Ozarks Food Harvest, I want to share how pleased I am to be a part of the Ending Hunger, Building Hope capital campaign. This is an opportunity for important growth to meet the needs of the men, women and children in southwest Missouri who struggle with the harsh reality of hunger. More than 10 years ago I became involved with the original capital campaign to build Ozarks Food Harvest’s current facility. My family and I realized the great need for a larger food bank with more space to accept and process donations and better equipment to serve the need. With this in mind, my

gifts to the capital campaign will help seniors like robin who depend on ofh.

family made a gift to support that critical campaign. I couldn’t have imagined that less than eight years later we would need an even larger facility. When you think about it, having to more than double the size of your distribution center is a heartbreaking problem to have. It means that too many of our neighbors continue to struggle to have enough to eat. Thankfully, there are organizations like Ozarks Food Harvest who are confident and capable to meet this daunting challenge. It’s important to note that as the need continues to grow, we cannot expand our hunger-relief programs without the ability to acquire, process and distribute more food. And that requires a larger facility. Because of our trust in the good work of Ozarks Food Harvest, my family made a donation to support this capital campaign as well. And I’d like to ask you to consider joining us by making a gift of any size. Over the next eleven months, the staff and board of directors at Ozarks Food Harvest will be busy fundraising to meet the challenge grant offered by the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Only with your support and generosity will they be able to meet this goal. This campaign means more than simply building an addition onto the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. With more space, and the right kind of space, Ozarks Food Harvest can provide millions of additional meals to those

UPCOMING EventS Third annual Give ozarks day on May 9 On May 9, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting the third annual Give Ozarks, a 24-hour online day of fundraising that will rally the community around local nonprofits. Ozarks Food Harvest is raising funds for the Weekend Backpack Program during this oneday online drive, which relies on social media and crowdfunding. Last year, over $21,000 was raised for Ozarks Food Harvest during this one-day fundraiser. Help The Food Bank set a new record this year! Donations can be made securely on May 9 by visiting Ozarks Food Harvest's page at giveozarks.org.

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CHARLIE's corner struggling in the Ozarks. This growth will truly provide hope for our struggling neighbors. I believe that the team at Ozarks Food Harvest and the thousands of staff and volunteers who work at The Food Bank’s 270 member pantries, programs and feeding sites are up to meeting the need. They just need our help. Robin receives food from a Springfield pantry. As a disabled senior, a Social Security check isn’t enough to purchase the food she needs. But thanks to you, people like Robin all across southwest Missouri have help to rely on when times are tough. “I am so thankful for the people who donate,” Robin said. Please give Bart a call today or visit ozarksfoodharvest.org to make a secure online gift to the capital campaign. Consider that a monthly donation, small one-time gift or five-year pledge will add up over time to make the campaign a success. Thank you for your support as we enter this new season of growth!

Arvest's 1 million meals begins April 3 Arvest Bank is continuing its tradition of helping its hungry neighbors in southwest Missouri through 1 Million Meals. The seventh annual campaign will begin April 3 and runs through June 3. Those who are interested in participating can donate food or funds to Arvest branches in Springfield and Nixa. Last year these branches provided 20,502 meals to support Ozarks Food Harvest's Join The programs Food Bankin atsouthwest Panera Bread on feeding Missouri. Nationalall&participating Elm during the First Friday Art Walk, Across Arvest Bank locations, Nov. 7. When youmeals makewere a monetary donation over 1.7 million provided to to OFH, you receive soup and a baguette hunger-relief organizations in four states. from Panera—plus an "empty bowl” created Thanks to Arvest Bank and participating by a local artist. The "empty bowls" serve as a community members for making possible reminder of the thousands of emptyitbowls on to provide meals toSWMO. those in need. dinner tables across

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growth vital to meet need

Bart Brown, President/CEO

This summer will mark eight years since moving into our distribution facility, the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. The move was the result of a four-year capital campaign that was only possible because of the generosity of so many, including you, our supporter and friend. Although it doesn’t seem that long ago, it’s incredible to think about the growth we have been able to achieve because of the space afforded to us in our current building. In summer 2009, we had just ended a fiscal year where we distributed nearly seven million pounds of food. This year we’re on track to provide more than 17 million pounds of food. When you compare 2009 to today, we’ve seen a 258 percent increase in the number of meals we’ve been able to distribute to people in need through our network of 270 pantries

and programs in 28 southwest Missouri counties. Some of our rural counties with especially high need, including Dade, Hickory, Laclede, Lawrence, Oregon and Texas, saw upwards of a 400 percent increase. We’ve been able to grow all of our programs, and even add new programs, thanks to our facility here in north Springfield. We’re now feeding 261,000 children, adults and seniors every year through our network of agencies. For those of you who have been supporters of ours from the beginning, you know how fast we were able to achieve that growth. And for those of you who have just joined us, you know from reading our cover article and Charlie O’Reilly’s column that we have a new opportunity to help even more of our neighbors in need through the Ending Hunger, Building Hope capital campaign. It’s hard to imagine, but despite our exponential growth, there is still more work to be done. The latest report from Feeding America’s food insecurity study, Map the Meal Gap, shows that Ozarks Food Harvest’s service area needs 31 million meals to meet the need. We’re more than half-way there, but I can promise you that we won’t stop working until everyone in southwest Missouri has enough to eat. The capital campaign is guaranteed to help make that meal gap smaller, and that’s why we are so excited to get the final funds raised. Ultimately, our work comes down to helping

mothers like tabethaare thankful for your gifts.

the family struggling with too many bills and not enough income, the child who just wants to play basketball after school and not worry about his empty stomach and the senior who worked so hard her whole life and worries if she’ll have enough money for a loaf of bread. This Christmas we were able to provide five single mothers with $100 gift cards to Walmart thanks to support from our friends at the Musgrave Foundation. One mother, Tabetha, was almost brought to tears with the gift. She was worried about providing a nice Christmas meal for her children. And as the weather turned cold, she didn’t know how she was going to fix the holes in her kids’ shoes and coats. “It’s a blessing, thank you so much,” she said. The small gift was able to provide something we talk about a lot here at Ozarks Food Harvest — hope. I hope this New Year is off to a great start for you and your family. We can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to accomplish as we work together this year to help more of our neighbors in need.

ofh relies on monthly givers

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Here at Ozarks Food Harvest, we rely on monthly supporters to help us provide over 15 million meals each year to our neighbors who are struggling to make ends meet. This is why we created Harvest Circle, a special community of our dedicated donors who make monthly gifts to provide a steady stream of funds for The Food Bank. Becoming a member of Harvest Circle is beneficial for donors and The Food Bank. One reason is for the sake of effectiveness. Your monthly commitment helps us plan ahead, budget efficiently and respond to needs. By becoming a monthly donor, your commitment gives us assurance that we will have a steady stream of donations to help meet the growing need in our community. Your gifts will make an impact and allow us to serve more people struggling with hunger. April, a 16-year-old, said, “We're always short of money and sometimes we run out of food. My mom is bedridden, and my dad had

to have back surgery and now he might need another surgery. If we didn't get this food, it would be so hard.” monthly support helps teens like april and her family. It’s our hope that encouraging donors to join Harvest Circle will help even more families like April’s. By making a monthly contribution of $50, you would provide a family of four with breakfast and dinner, plus after-school snacks for two children throughout the year. For more information about joining Harvest Circle, a community of dedicated monthly supporters, email OFH’s Jennifer Sickinger at jsickinger@ozarksfoodharvest.org. We hope you will consider joining our important community of monthly donors. Thank you for your continued support!

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OFH BOARD OF DIRECTORS Tamara deWild O’Reilly Auto Parts–President Dr. Meera Scarrow Mercy Hospital-Springfield–President Elect TommyWohlgemuth SGC™ Foodservice–Treasurer Tim Bellanti Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.–Secretary Mike Pinkston Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.–Past President Dr. John Buckner Ferrell Duncan Clinic Brad Crain Arvest Bank of Springfield Jim Guthrie Prime Inc. Gary Naab General Mills, Retired Jill Reynolds Commerce Trust Company Kenny Ross Morelock–Ross Builders Krystal Russell Spectrum Accounting and Payroll Vault Todd Sherman Kraft Heinz JamesWilson NewStream Enterprises, a subsidiary of SRC Holdings

Special Thanks to these Friends of The Food Bank J.R. Albert foundation provides 125,000 meals Heartfelt thanks to the J.R. Albert Foundation for completing its three-year pledge to donate $75,000 to provide 375,000 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri! The foundation’s final gift of $25,000 was a much-needed gift to finish 2016 as a record-breaking year for feeding our hungry neighbors.

corwin dodge ram gifts $25K Heartfelt thanks to Corwin Dodge Ram for making an end-of-year $25,000 donation to the Weekend Backpack Program! This is the first gift Corwin Dodge Ram has made to The Food Bank. The donation will provide 20,000 meals to children across the Ozarks who benefit from the Backpack Program.

OFH STAFF Bart Brown, President/CEO ADMINISTRATION Cindy Snow, Director of Administration Cindy Boggs, Office Manager Terry Keller, Administrative Services Coordinator Lauren Zachary, Receptionist DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATION Denise Gibson, Director of Development & Communication Jenna Brown, Development&Comm.ResourcesAsst.Coord. Cassie Hanson, Development & Grants Manager Tessa Hull, Communication Assistant Coordinator Lisa Matus, , Development Assistant Coordinator Jennifer Sickinger, Senior Coordinator ChristineTemple, Communication & PR Coordinator COMMUNITY RESOURCES Gordon Day, Director of Community Resources Dan Bohannon, Retail Store Donation Coordinator Jeremy Clark, Volunteer Coach Christy Claybaker, Community Engagement Coordinator Brenda Hesebeck, Volunteer Coach Rob Medlen, Full Circle Gardens Assistant Jeremy Moore, Volunteer Coach Marcus Seal, Volunteer Coach JoleneThompson, Volunteer Engagement Manager BrianWilson, Volunteer Center Supervisor MEMBER SERVICES Mary Zumwalt, Director of Programs & Member Services Jordan Browning, Comm. Partnerships & Advocacy Coord. Casey Gunn, Retail Compliance Specialist Kimberly Hansen, SNAP Coordinator Abbey Hedges, Backpack Program Coordinator Terra Lamb, Agency Outreach Coordinator JaneTerry, Creative Information Specialist MelanieToler, Member Services Assistant ErinThomason, Nutrition Programs Coordinator OPERATIONS ADMINSTRATION Scott Boggs, Director of Operations Teresa Dixon, Warehouse Supervisor Mike Doubledee, Inventory Manager Steven Henry, Operations Administration Mike Hesebeck, Transportation Supervisor Eddie Hicks, Operations Administration Steve Roberts, Transportation Manager 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.

Corwin dodge ram owner jeff mcconville presents ofh's bart brown with a check.

smart chicken gave 6,700 pounds of chicken during its 2016 annual donation.

smart chicken makes annual holiday donation Ozarks Food Harvest received a 6,700 pound donation of Smart Chicken thanks to Tecumseh Farms. This is the 14th year for the donation, which allows food pantries in the region to serve protein-rich chicken to families in need. Smart Chicken’s Feed the Hungry campaign donates one pound of poultry for every 10 pounds of product purchased in November at Ozarks grocers.

citizens memorial hospital gives to six ozarks counties Thanks to Citizens Memorial Hospital, agencies in Cedar, Dade, Dallas, Hickory, Polk and St. Clair counties were awarded $4,000 to acquire food from Ozarks Food Harvest! Since 2014, Citizens Memorial has donated $12,500 to support hunger-relief work across the Ozarks. The Food Bank is grateful to Citizens Memorial for its generous donation and for allowing Ozarks Food Harvest and its agencies to serve those in need.

bank of america gifts $10,000 The Food Bank is grateful for Bank of America and its Charitable Foundation for the generous donation of $10,000. Since 2006, Bank of America has gifted over $116,000 to Ozarks Food Harvest, allowing OFH to help thousands of people in need!

slusher foundation helps kids The Slusher Foundation gifted $6,000 to support the Weekend Backpack Program in Taney County. This grant will help Ozarks Food Harvest provide over 800 bags, or 4,800 meals, this school year. Thanks to the Slusher Foundation for being a Food Bank supporter for more than 20 years.

neighbor's mill hosted a holiday fundraiser.

neighbor's mill donates $3K Special thanks to Neighbor’s Mill and its customers for donating $3,000 during a fundraiser in December. Customers were asked to donate $1 to provide five meals through Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of 270 pantries and programs. Neighbor’s Mill matched customer donations dollar-fordollar, providing a total of 15,000 meals!

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volunteer & food drive Programs

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CHURCHES, GROUPS HOST FISH DRIVES It is an unfortunate fact that too many of our neighbors in southwest Missouri are food insecure, and often have to make hard choices when it comes to being able to have nutritious food. This is why in 2015, we came up with the idea to create a food drive campaign, targeting fish — a nutritious, high protein and low calorie food in order to provide a creative way for many Lenten observers to incorporate community giving into their spiritual practice. Get involved in solving the problem of hunger this Lenten season by hosting a food drive at your church from March 1 through April 13 and ask people to bring cans and easy-to-open pouches of fish, as well as other nonperishable food items and funds. Any organization, church or individual can participate, even if they do not observe Lent. In the last two years the Fish Drive collected 1,498 pounds of cans and easyopen pouches of fish, providing 1,248 nutritious meals for families and children here in the Ozarks. The Food Bank would like to make 2017 the best year yet. Register your Fish Drive by visiting ozarksfoodharvest.org/fooddrive or by contacting Jenna Brown at 417-865-3411.

churches and groups across the ozarks will hold fish drives this spring.

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retired sisters ruth ann and eileen volunteer at crimson house, an OFH pantry.

RETIRED SISTERS STAY CLOSE BY GIVING BACK TOGETHER On a cold December morning at Crimson House, an Ozarks Food Harvest member food pantry, retired sisters Ruth Ann Storms and Eileen Deal worked quickly to pack food bags to give to pantry clients. Now that the two are retired, they enjoy giving their time to the community. Deal began volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest first. “It was very active, and I really felt like it was making a contribution,” Deal said. “Ruth was just retired, and I said, ‘Well come with me, you’ll like this.’” Storms agreed with Deal and shared the importance of volunteering. “No matter what community I have gone into, I’ve contributed. It widens your circle of people you meet.” The sisters enjoy how the Volunteer Center is a place where they can be themselves. Storms said that she and Deal love to dance to the upbeat music that is often playing in the Volunteer Center. And the volunteers have also helped in tough times. With a few tears in her eyes, Deal mentioned when her dog passed away, her fellow volunteers and

volunteer coaches were kind and comforting. Storms and Deal retired from successful careers. Storms was a caregiver for her children until her husband passed away, causing her to have to join the workforce and go back to school to become an accountant. Deal worked in marketing for the computer industry. She focused on the European market where she traveled from Scandinavia to the Northern Mediterranean. She holds her arms in the air, displaying one that stretches out farther than the other. “I traveled so much, that one arm is longer than the other. I carried my briefcase in this one.” The bond Storms and Deal share is evident. “I am really very proud of my sister,” Storms said. “To be proud of your sister is a good thing, and to be able to do this with her makes me very proud.” “Do you see me blush?” Deal remarked. “I so enjoy her being around, it’s really fun. We have a good time at Ozarks Food Harvest. Contributing doesn’t have to be dour; it is a joyful happy place.”

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Glean team Harvests 25,308 pounds Last year was record-breaking for Ozarks Food Harvest's Glean Team! Thanks to compassionate volunteers who donated 3,508 hours, we gleaned 25,308 pounds of produce in 2016. Our renovated high tunnels have made year-round growing a success. This winter, we are growing lettuce, spinach, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and celery. A heartfelt thanks to our partners who support the Full Circles Garden program: Ozarks Natural Foods, University of Missouri

Extension, Humana, Harvest on Wheels, Shirley Huffman, Second Baptist Church’s Victory Garden, Fassnight Creek Farm, Millsap Farm, Springfield Public Schools and Steinert's Greenhouse and Nursery. “The Full Circle Gardens program provides fresh, local produce to area agencies, and it has also become a hub for community education," said Christy Claybaker, OFH community engagement coordinator. "Knowing how to grow food is part of the long-term solution to food insecurity."

A volunteer gleans lettuce at the ofh community garden in Rogersville.

food drives 100+ pounds

Individuals 20+ hours

Turkey Trot — 7,693 lbs. Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits — 4,993 Spokane High School — 4,535 Field Cares & Boy Scouts — 2,232 The Wooten Company — 1,877 CSL Plasma — 1,287 Southwest Missouri Realty — 1,224 Jordan Valley Community Health Center — 1,122 Reinhart Foodservice LLC — 914 Greenwood Laboratory School — 705 Parmele Law Firm — 648 Ridewell Suspensions — 646 Lambda Chi Alpha - Drury — 639 FedEx Freight — 616 Drury Athletics Thanksgiving Basketball Classics — 567 Building Blocks Learning Center & Independent Stave Co. — 566 Springfield Gymnastics — 546 Hulston Cancer Center — 523 MSU Library Employees — 470 Shooting Stars 4-H Club — 470 Lakeside Foods — 456 Greene County Juvenile Office — 425 Cash Family Orthodontics — 416 TLC Properties, Coryell Courts Apartments Leasing — 415 MSU Symphony Orchestra & Grand Chorus — 381 Database Systems — 391 ABEC Inc. — 376 Holmes & Griffeth Financial Planners — 356 Grant Avenue Freewill Baptist Church — 330 Merrill Iron & Steel — 273 MoDOT Employees District 8 — 261

Ruby Allen Ryan Alwell Mandy Bailes Jim Blackwell Kyle Butrick Eileen Deal Arlene Eichler Harvey Kaylor Freeman Kleier Leeman Kleier George Lawrence Jason Nguyen Tyler Rook Tom Ryan Ruth Ann Storms Larry Woolf Jerry Yoakum

MSU Dining Services — 260 Sigma Nu Fraternity - MSU — 259 Edward Jones — 229 bareMinerals — 208 DirecTV/AT&T — 205 American National — 203 MarGorgeous Boutique — 201 Mercy Rehabilitation — 197 New Life Church — 196 McKesson — 190 DiVentures — 188 MSU Aquatics Department — 187 CoxHealth HIM Department — 161 MSU Student Affairs — 160 Quail Creek Village Apartments — 157 Great Clips - Independence — 156 Springfield Perfect Tint LLC — 156 Mercy Nurses — 148 Gold Mountain Communications — 143 Zeal Integrated Health — 130 Walmart Supercenter Independence — 121 Southwest Missouri Camera Club — 115 Cox South Radiology — 110 Barker Phillips Jackson — 109 Regions Bank — 106 Greene County Master Gardeners — 104 Nov. 19, 2016-Jan. 3, 2017

Dec. 1-31, 2016

GROUPS 20+ Hours Ava High School -National Honor Society Cherokee Middle School Datema House Expedia Faith For Life – Campbell UMC FMA Forsyth R-III FCCLA Home Builders Association Logan Rogersville FFA MSU Base Program Regions Bank Springfield Mavericks 12U Baseball Springfield Public School Students Wesley UMC Willard FCCLA Dec. 1-31, 2016

take action to help the food bank fight hunger in 2017 It takes all of us to tackle the issue of hunger in our community. This is why we are asking our supporters to pledge to help us provide food for 261,300 people this year. There are plenty of ways to get involved. You can make a gift, host a food drive or volunteer — it makes a big difference! Once you have done your part, share about your experience using #takeactionOFH to inspire even more people to get involved.

If you want to host a food drive, don’t forget to register at ozarksfoodharvest.org/fooddrive, and we will provide you with posters and barrels to help make your drive a success. To volunteer, simply fill out our volunteer application and browse for opportunities at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. You can even bring a group of friends from your church, school club or work. You can make a donation online, or by mailing

your gift using the enclosed envelope. To learn more about how to join Harvest Circle, our community of dedicated monthly donors, read Denise’s column on page four. With all of your new resolutions for 2017, we encourage you to set a goal to get more involved in our fight against hunger in southwest Missouri. Thank you for your continued support as we work to provide more than 15 million meals this year!

Give time,tofood funds at ozarksfoodharvest.org Transform Hunger into Hope by volunteering helporyour neighbors in need. Sign up at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer.

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