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Listen live during Hungerthon 2014!

Join Ozarks Food Harvest and Clear Channel’s Alice 95.5 FM for the 16th annual HUNGERTHON radio-thon event in front of the studios at the Historic Tower Theatre in Springfield! Listen on-air Sept. 5–8 to learn how you can help sponsor an at-risk child’s backpack through The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program. This community-wide event kicks off Hunger Action Month here in the Ozarks. Get involved today by calling (417) 865-3411.

   

   
hunger action month

September is Hunger Action Month

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.

   
Find ways to take action on the 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar: HAM 2014 Calendar
   

   

Watch & share Ozarks Food Harvest’s latest video

The Food Bank partnered with Digital Lunchbox to produce a new organizational video for you! See the behind-the-scenes workings of a food bank—and understand the roles of both a food bank and a food pantry. Watch the story of hope that real people receive from OFH’s network each and every day:

   

   
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Harvest fresh produce with the OFH Glean Team

Did you know OFH Volunteers harvest fresh produce to help feed your neighbors in need? This summer, Hunger Heroes are coordinating the garden at Glendale High School, gleaning hundreds of pounds of local produce for area pantries. Thanks to its success, The Food Bank has created an OFH Glean Team—a group of volunteers sponsored by local businesses to harvest produce from community gardens, urban landscaping, farms and orchards—and you’re invited to join! If you or your business can volunteer and/or sponsor this program—by providing five volunteers in exchange for community acknowledgement—please contact Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411.

   

   
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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Swim free at Park Board pools this summer when you donate a canned good for OFH

The Springfield–Greene County Park Board’s Splash ‘n Sizzle events are back this summer! Swim free with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest on Memorial, Independence and Labor Days, plus weekdays from 5:30–6:30 p.m. Also Fridays and Saturdays, July 5–27 from 5:30–8 p.m. at Grant Beach, Westport and Silver Springs Pools, and on Saturdays, July 5–27 from 5:30–8 p.m. at Meador Pool and 5:30–10:30 p.m. at Fassnight Pool. These collections combined have become one of The Food Bank’s largest annual community food drives! Go to parkboard.org for more info.

   

   
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Seeking support from artists for Empty Bowls event

Ozarks Food Harvest is reintroducing the Empty Bowls concept this fall with ongoing partner, Panera Bread, and The Food Bank needs your help! With a donation to feed hungry families in the Ozarks, November 7 event-goers will receive soup and a baguette, plus an “empty bowl” creation to take home. It is meant to serve as a reminder of the thousands of empty bowls on dinner tables across southwest Missouri. While Panera is generously donating the space and food, OFH is seeking donations of bowls from area artists of all skill levels. Learn more

   

   
map the meal gap

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.

   

   
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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.

   

   
Fighting Hunger Together

OFH receives $125,000 from Walmart, offering to area pantries as matching grants

Ozarks Food Harvest was presented with a $125,000 gift from the Walmart Foundation and will offer the donation—in the form of dozens of matching grants—to its network of 250 member food pantries and feeding sites across 28 Missouri counties. This is the fourth annual gift of this size from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program that Ozarks Food Harvest has offered to its agencies as the “Walmart Hunger Challenge” matching grant opportunity. View photos.

   

   
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OFH awards $250,000 in grants to area nonprofits

Ozarks Food Harvest awarded a quarter of a million dollars to nearly 50 food pantries and hunger-relief programs on June 18, 2013 at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. The infrastructure grants, ranging in value from $1,300 to $10,000, went to the purchase of industrial-sized freezers, coolers, shelving and other supplies to help expand the capacity of Missouri’s emergency food system. The regional food bank’s Strengthening Partners awards were part of a $1 million gift received earlier this year from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Read more and see the complete list of grants awarded. View photos.

   

   
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.

   

   
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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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