Hunger Action Month is when your community food bank asks everyone across the Ozarks to help solve hunger, all month long, by taking action. This September, join a nationwide movement that has a real and lasting impact on the effort to feed more Americans than ever before. Whether it’s by advocating and raising awareness, making donations or volunteering, find a way that’s right for you to make a difference.
Speak Out Against Hunger online or in person:
Take action online.
Take action in person.
- Wear orange—the symbolic color of hunger—on Sept. 5 to represent the 1 in 6 Ozarkers who are food insecure.
- Donate nonperishable food items at any Arvest Bank location, beginning Sept. 4, to help the bank reach its 1 Million Meals goal. Community members can also donate $1 and sign a paper plate at all Springfield and Joplin area branches.
- Be a part of the 15th annual community-wide radio-thon fundraiser, Hungerthon on Alice 95.5 FM, Sept. 6–9! Stop by and see Kevin and Liz outside the Historic Tower Theatre at Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield, or listen live to make your Backpack pledge.
- Participate in the King’s Way UMC food drive at any Dillon’s location in Springfield on Saturday, Sept. 7.
- Dine at Panera Bread on Friday, Sept. 13, and Panera will donate a portion of your purchase to the Weekend Backpack Program.
- Visit Ozarks Food Harvest’s tent at the Farmers Market of the Ozarks on Saturday, Sept. 14. Donate nonperishable food items, local fresh produce or monetary gifts. “Orange is the color of Hunger Action” t-shirts will also be for sale for $10.
- Light Up Orange to help “shed some light” on the issue of hunger by asking your place of employment to change its bulbs—outside or inside.
Take action at Ozarks Food Harvest.
- Sign up for a morning, afternoon, evening or weekend volunteer session at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. Call 865-3411 or schedule at ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer. Contact Jennifer Sickinger for questions.
- Volunteer to host a food and fund drive for The Food Bank. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org/fooddrive.html or contact Sara McClendon.
- Tour the regional food bank at 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave. in Springfield and create a “Hope Note” for a Weekend Backpack Program participant.
- *SAVE THE DATE: Ozarks Food Harvest’s 30th birthday party is Saturday, Sept. 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.