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Hunger Into Hope

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Every $1 donated to Ozarks Food Harvest provides 5 Meals.

By rescuing food and securing food & monetary donations, The Food Bank distributes more than one million meals each month.

$1 = 5 Meals

Our Programs

Backpack

The Weekend Backpack Program

The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program provides food insecure children with a bag of nutritious, child-friendly food for them to take home over the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry.

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After-School Food

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. OFH-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.

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Summer Food

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.

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Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry Program

OFH'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 OFH's regular deliveries to pantries.

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Senior Food

The Senior Food Box Program

Supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA food at nearly 20 locations across the Ozarks, this program provides nearly 2,000 eligible seniors with healthy food via senior centers, churches and pantries.

Annually, more than 20,000 Senior Food Boxes are assembled by OFH volunteers and distributed by The Food Bank.

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SNAP

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

OFH conducts SNAP, or "food stamp," outreach across 28 Missouri counties to help educate those who are eligible to receive benefits about the application process.

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Retail Pick-Up Program

The Retail Pick-Up Program

Every week, Food Bank drivers pick up donations from more than 70 area retailers such as Walmart and Target. 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.

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Full Circle Gardens

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.

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