Archives for March, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

March 16, 2020 in Food Bank News

We strive to bring you the latest information and developments at The Food Bank. This page was originally published on 3/16/20 and most recently updated on 3/24/20.

Ozarks Food Harvest is closely monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and following guidance from the CDC, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Feeding America. The Food Bank remains committed to our mission to provide nutritious food to anyone who needs it. Ozarks Food Harvest provides an essential service in providing nutritious food that is critical to maintaining good health. We know the people we serve may be the hardest hit by this pandemic, and it is more important than ever to reach our community members in need.

We are monitoring local, state and federal information and are in contact with health departments and our national hunger-relief partner, Feeding America. The health and safety of our team members, our agencies, the individuals we serve, and our volunteers is our top priority. By following food safety procedures we already have in place, we can effectively protect ourselves against viruses of all kinds.

We are working with our network of 270 hunger-relief partners to continue to provide food throughout our 28-county service area. We are working in conjunction with each other on plans to increase and change food distributions to make sure that we can continue to meet the growing need.

We will continue to work diligently to provide safe, nutritious food for our neighbors during this time. Thank you for your trust and patience!

Stay tuned here and on our social channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for additional updates.

Need help?

Our food pantries are open and ready to serve you. The majority of our sites have adopted a drive-through or walk-up model for food distribution at this time.

Click below to find a pantry near you. Hours and services may vary, so please call the pantry to get the details before planning your visit.

FIND A FOOD PANTRY

For information about SNAP (food stamps), please click here.

 

How the community can help

Ozarks Food Harvest has established a COVID-19 Hope Fund. We are encouraging the community to help support this by donating money. For every dollar donated, $10 worth of groceries is provided to people in need.

Your donations will help us ensure we have the food and resources on hand to meet any additional demand. We are currently purchasing more food for our hunger relief partners to ensure they can meet the increased need and hiring additional drivers and equipment to get the food out. Your donations will help provide the means to get the food out more effectively and efficiently. Visit the donate page by clicking below, and choose “COVID-19 Hope Fund” from the dropdown menu to donate now.

DONATE NOW

Note: We are no longer accepting volunteer applications at this time due to Greene County’s stay-at-home order.

Learn more about coronavirus

 

Prevention steps include:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Wash your hands after that.

Thank you so much to these generous donors!

 

 

Please note: Once COVID-19 community needs have been met, remaining funds and food will be used to support our ongoing hunger-relief efforts.

‘We all gain so much from giving ourselves to helping others’

‘We all gain so much from giving ourselves to helping others’

March 5, 2020 in Volunteer Spotlight

Tom Carson has a heart for serving others. He’s been volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest for nearly four years, but his passion for impacting the community began with his career in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Tom worked at VA medical centers for 33 years. When he retired in 1997, he began pursuing volunteer opportunities. Tom currently teaches an adult Sunday school class, volunteers at Victory Mission—one of our hunger relief partners—and gives time at Ozarks Food Harvest.

“I think we all gain so much from giving ourselves to helping others. Volunteering provides a sense of purpose knowing that what we do helps others. Making a difference is a great feeling.”

Tom became interested in volunteering at The Food Bank through his friend and Sunday school class companion Harley Snyder.

“About six years ago, he asked me to give Ozarks Food Harvest a try. About four years ago, I took him up on his offer. He brought me here, introduced me around and the rest is history. I have enjoyed every minute of volunteering here,” said Tom.

The pair volunteers together on Tuesday mornings. They can often be found joking around with each other while they sort and pack boxes of food.

Through his volunteering at Victory Mission, Tom has seen firsthand how his gift of time makes a difference in the lives of hungry families. He and his wife regularly participate in Victory Mission’s food basket deliveries at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“Meeting new people and seeing their reaction to our delivery lets us know of the need and the appreciation of the people receiving the food. We often get to talk with them and pray with them. It’s wonderful.”

Hunger in the Ozarks is a solvable issue, and Tom believes that by working together, we can take one step closer to ending hunger for good.

“Hunger is real and it impacts our neighbors. I believe we need to keep Ronald Reagan’s quote in mind: ‘We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.’”

Tom has given more than 550 hours to Ozarks Food Harvest since 2016. We’re so grateful for his commitment to Transforming Hunger into Hope! Want to volunteer with us? Sign up here.