In 1998, five community-minded individuals started Central Crossing Senior Center with $50 and a dream. The center, owned and operated by Shell Knob Seniors, Inc., is dedicated to serving seniors in the community.
It may not sound like much, but every single dollar makes a difference. At Ozarks Food Harvest, just one dollar helps provide four meals, and 96 cents of every dollar goes directly toward feeding hungry children, families and seniors in the Ozarks.
Building environmental sustainability is becoming increasingly important for the long-term health of our planet, and creating a sustainable food system is a key part of that. Ozarks Food Harvest—and food banks across the country—are constantly doing everything they can to help craft that system and reduce food waste as much as possible.
In the small town of Waynesville, MO, working parents trust neighbor Mary to take care of their children while they work long hours. Mary makes sure the kids get to school on time after eating a healthy breakfast. After school, she picks the kids up and cooks dinner for them. In the summertime, Mary cares for the children throughout the day, too.
Twice a week, Kris Dreesen drives in from Fair Grove to spend her mornings sorting food for families facing hunger in the Ozarks. Her story with Ozarks Food Harvest began nearly 10 years ago when she was looking for a place to volunteer regularly.
Hunger Action Month is always an exciting time at The Food Bank, and this year was no exception. Each September, we partner with local businesses and ask them to take action against hunger. Whether they choose to host food drives, donate funds or raise awareness through social media, our partners demonstrate passion for Ozarks Food Harvest’s mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope.