Hunger Into Hope ™
We serve charities who solve hunger in southwest MissouriWatch Our Story
April 14, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the economic landscape of the Joplin area. As many communities have experienced, the retail and hospitality industries have been heavily...
May 10, 2022
Lona Wait has an impressive resume. In her many careers, she has worked as a space researcher, farmer, math teacher, and programmer. Jobs kept her...
May 19, 2022
Hope Center of El Dorado Springs is on a non-stop mission to support people in Cedar County. Though they’ve only been open for 2 years,...
April 25, 2022
April 25-29 is Volunteer Appreciation Week! Our volunteers mean the world to us, and they have helped us make meals happen for thousands of our...
The After-School Food Program
During the school year, The Food Bank's After-School Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to children who would otherwise go home to an empty dinner plate. Ozarks Food Harvest sponsored sites offer this free food to children at a variety of community locations where kids are already gathering like Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, churches and schools.Read More View All Programs
The Summer Food Program
Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year are also at risk of hunger during the summer months. Summer Food serves meals and snacks to hungry kids in southwest Missouri who would otherwise return to school undernourished, which could severely affect their ability to learn.Read More View All Programs
The Mobile Food Pantry Program
Ozarks Food Harvest's pantry on wheels delivers bulk loads of food to central locations in rural areas, or to member food pantries that do not have adequate freezer or cooler space. It offers a wide variety of food and supplies, from fresh produce, dairy and meat to laundry detergent and toilet paper. These trucks go out weekly, in addition to The Food Bank's regular deliveries to pantries.Read More View All Programs
The Senior Food Program
Supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA food at 33 locations across the Ozarks, this program provides more than 3,600 eligible seniors with healthy food through senior centers, churches and pantries. Annually, more than 43,000 Senior Food Boxes are assembled by Ozarks Food Harvest's volunteers and distributed by The Food Bank.Read More View All Programs
The Retail Pick-Up Program
Every week, Food Bank drivers and member agency staff pick up donations from more than 100 area grocers. These items include food that does not meet standards for retail sales but does remain safe for consumption. Much of the food is fresh produce and perishable goods, but nonperishable goods are also donated.Read More View All Programs
The Food Bank's Garden & Glean Team Program
This program provides food pantries, feeding sites and clients with more than just fresh, nutritious produce. By working with community partners, people in need are empowered through education and fellowship while gaining resources for growing and sustaining their own food supply.Read More View All Programs