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Transform Hunger into Hope in 2015

This new season is a time of happiness for many, but that’s not the case for Missourians facing hunger. When making your list of New Year’s Resolutions, consider the many ways you can Transform Hunger into Hope in 2015. On behalf of the 260,000 people served by OFH, thanks for your help encouraging your friends and family to do the same!



ZOOPER Bowl ‘15 extended through Feb. 8

The ZOOPER Bowl food drive benefitting Ozarks Food Harvest begins Jan. 24! Head to the Dickerson Park Zoo between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Feb. 8 (weather permitting) and receive half-price admission when you donate two nonperishable food items. Bring the whole family and get into the Super Bowl spirit while supporting your local Food Bank! Suggested donations: canned meats, peanut butter, canned soups, dry or canned beans, boxed meals, canned vegetables and fruit, rice, pasta and cereal. All donations must have a label and cannot be expired, dented or damaged. Glass containers will not be accepted. Last year this drive brought in more than 360 pounds, but Zoo leaders hope to double the collection this year! For more information on the ZOOPER Bowl, visit



Give blood and give it a lift

Make an even greater impact when you give blood to Community Blood Center of the Ozarks by joining LifePoints Lift. CBCO’s new program awards donors points, which can be donated to one of ten charity partners, like Ozarks Food Harvest. CBCO is also awarding $2,000 to the charity with the highest number of recruited donors who give blood. Help OFH become the top charity by informing the registrar at blood centers that you would like to participate in the program, then select OFH on the sign-in log. Double your points by joining OFH for a blood drive at CBCO on Jan. 29 by bringing a nonperishable food donation! Share this event. Learn more.



“Check out Hunger” aims to surpass goal

Sincere gratitude to the grocers, cashiers and donors who contributed during this holiday fundraiser to help “Check Out Hunger”.
The 16th annual campaign concluded Dec. 31 at these area grocers: Akin's, Bistro Market, Cash Saver, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, Hy-Vee, Murfin's Market, Pennington’s, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Richards Supermarket, Smitty's, Summer Fresh, Town & Country and Woods Supermarket. With hungry neighbors in mind, and as totals are reported from grocers, OFH has hopes that Check Out Hunger will surpass the goal set before the community. Read the media release.


turkey trot 2014

20th annual Turkey Trot brings in enough food for 6,000 meals

The largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri continues to be one of the largest annual food drives for Ozarks Food Harvest. The total collected for Turkey Trot this year was 7,245 pounds, providing 6,037 meals to children, families and seniors in need. Since 2001, the event which raises funds for the Park Board & DCO, has collected nearly 70,000 pounds of food for OFH — that’s more than 55,000 meals! Volunteer your time to help sort food donations like these.


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McDonald’s Cans for Coffee sets new record

Sixty-three area McDonald’s restaurants collected 45,010 pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest and its partners, exceeding this year’s Cans for Coffee goal of 30,000 pounds — and surpassing McDonald’s of the Ozarks’ largest collection of 36,650 pounds in 2011. The donation makes Cans for Coffee the largest annual community food drive for OFH. Combined with 35,200 pounds of frozen chicken from Tyson, the 80,210 pounds will provide nearly 67,000 meals. Read the news release.


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Empty Bowls with Panera raises awareness and funds

Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread hosted Empty Bowls on Friday, Nov. 7, raising $1,500 to help feed food insecure Ozarkers. Bowls donated by local artists were selected by event-goers to take home and keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls across the Ozarks. One hundred donors received soup and bread, generously donated by Panera. If you’d like to pledge your created bowl for next year’s event, contact Madeline Brown at (417) 865-3411. View the artists & event photos.


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School FOOD FIGHT breaks record

Thirty-nine schools and 24 businesses and community partners battled in Ozarks Food Harvest’s fourth annual school food drive competition, “Food Fight,” collecting 39,450 pounds of food, or 32,875 meals. This was the first year Food Fight allowed Partners in Education to serve as collection points for schools in their neighborhoods, and it was the first year all food directly benefited 12 OFH partner pantries within the SPS district. Find out this year’s Champions. Read the release.


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OFH offers annual Walmart Hunger Challenge to agencies

Thanks to The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program, eligible OFH-member agencies have a chance to receive a portion of $40,000 from The Food Bank, to be used as a challenge grant for hunger relief in the Ozarks. This is the fifth year the State Giving Program has generously allowed OFH to issue matching grants to its partner organizations. The 33 selected OFH partners will have from Oct. 1–Mar. 1 to fundraise to meet the challenge. Agencies selected represent 22 of the 28 counties OFH serves.


Hunger Study

Study reveals OFH serving 260,000+ individuals

The weak economy has increased challenges for thousands in southwest Missouri, and with higher-than-average inflation and the rising cost of food, the number of those struggling remains high. The largest, most comprehensive analysis of charitable food assistance in America reports a 69 percent increase in those served by Ozarks Food Harvest and its network over the past four years. Learn the demographics of those served by OFH in the Hunger in the Ozarks Executive Summary and see the snapshot of those in need—their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. Or, view the complete report to access all the data.


great american milk drive

Help provide much-needed milk to those in need

Hungry families in the Ozarks are missing out on the essential nutrients supplied by milk, because milk is rarely donated to food banks—even though it is one of the most requested and nutrient-rich food items at Ozarks Food Harvest. The Food Bank is looking for local partners to sponsor milk for your neighbors in need. From $100 to $5,000, your company or group’s donation will make a difference, and there are benefits to accompany your generosity. For more information on becoming a local sponsor for the Great American Milk Drive, contact Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411, ext. 120.


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Child food insecurity rate in the Ozarks remains higher than state of Missouri’s

Results from the latest Map the Meal Gap study were revealed in April, highlighting that the need for food assistance remains too high. Sixteen percent of those living in southwest Missouri are unsure where their next meal is coming from, including 23.5 percent of children. Nearly a quarter of individuals are still not eligible for federal assistance. Pulaski and Wright Counties are the most food insecure in OFH’s 28-county service area, and Douglas, Stone & Wright Counties have the highest child food insecurity rates. Learn more about the 2014 study.



Current financial statements are now available

Every dollar you invest in Ozarks Food Harvest’s mission helps provide five meals to a family in need, or $10 worth of food distribution and services across 28 counties. The Food Bank’s board and leadership prides themselves on getting the best return for supporters’ dollars. You can now view fiscal year 2013 financials, along with OFH’s most recent independent auditors’ report on the Financial Page. View the FY13 Honor Roll of Donors & Annual Report.


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Help Panera Bread support the Weekend Backpack Program every Second Friday

Panera Bread cafés in Springfield, Branson and Joplin will donate a portion of proceeds from select menu items purchased every second Friday. Donations will go to the Weekend Backpack Program. Thanks to the Second Friday promotions the past two years, $10,000 was donated, helping to fill 1,500 bags full of nutritious food items for local at-risk children over the weekends. Go to Ozarks Food Harvest’s Facebook page to find featured menu items.


Invest an Acre

Invest an Acre for Ozarks Food Harvest

Through the Invest an Acre program, farmers can donate the proceeds of one or more acres of crops to help feed hungry families in their own communities. When donors give through the Invest an Acre program, 100 percent will go directly to Ozarks Food Harvest. For every $1 donated, Monsanto will give $1, doubling contributions to The Food Bank. Learn more about this opportunity.



Missouri Foundation for Health awards Ozarks Food Harvest major gift

The Missouri Foundation for Health announced a $1 million award to Ozarks Food Harvest over the next two years, as part of the Foundation’s $4 million Emergency Food Access Project. MFH’s contribution to OFH will focus on infrastructure and equipment improvements at The Food Bank and their 250 community-based partners. Of the $1 million award, at least $250,000 will be applied toward infrastructure improvements for these agencies. Read the media advisory.



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