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Thank you so much to everyone who participated in this year’s Food Fight! Eighty-three schools and partners collected 22,777 pounds of food donations and $11,930 to help provide 66,614 meals.
Students spent two weeks in January collecting food and fund donations. The food donations will benefit Ozarks Food Harvest’s partner food pantries in Springfield, including SPS school pantries. The collected funds will sponsor 40 children for a full school year of Weekend Backpack Program meals.
The five elementary schools with classes winning field trips to tour Ozarks Food Harvest are Boyd, Cowden, Fremont, Sequiota and Wilson’s Creek. Cherokee is the winner in the middle school category, and Parkview is the winner in the high school category. Study Alternative is the K-8 winner, and Shady Dell ECC is the early childhood center winner. These schools will be awarded traveling trophies this month.
What an incredible year. Thank you again, and congrats to all of the winners!
On the third Tuesday of every month, nearly 200 food insecure individuals line up outside of Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church in Urbana to receive food assistance. Distribution days are an important day in the community—they allow food insecure families to put a meal on the table.
More than 40,000 seniors (age 60 and older) in the Ozarks struggle with the issue of hunger.
As temperatures begin to dip below freezing in January and February, many of us resort to cuddling up by the fire and sipping hot chocolate. But for families living in poverty, colder days are accompanied by a fear of hunger.
Every Wednesday, Fabio Heredia can be found sorting food in Ozarks Food Harvest’s warehouse. He also volunteers at Crimson House—one of Ozarks Food Harvest’s food pantries—twice a month during distribution days. His friends at The Food Bank know him as hardworking, kind and passionate about Transforming Hunger into Hope.
In November and December, donors contributed financial gifts, local businesses hosted food and fund drives and new faces stepped into our volunteer center. There was an incredible outpouring of kindness and philanthropy during the holiday season throughout the Ozarks.
Childhood hunger is often talked about, but teenagers, who exist in the upper end of the age spectrum, are often overlooked.
Make a difference during National Canned Food Month this February.