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We are careful stewards of every dollar we receive

With a strong network, expanded programming and growing support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities alike, The Food Bank is strengthening hunger relief across southwest Missouri. Ozarks Food Harvest leverages every dollar donated to $10 worth of food and services, and $0.96 of every dollar gifted goes directly to feeding children, families and seniors in need across 28 counties.

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Together we strengthen southwest Missouri

Thanks to donors like you

Ozarks Food Harvest distributed a record 15 million pounds of food during its last fiscal year. The Food Bank also expanded its programmings and received honors for high standards and performance—all thanks to donors like you . The number of clients also grew, as more than 260,000 people in southwest Missouri now rely on OFH and its network for assistance. Because of generous donations to The Food Bank, highlighted in the FY14 Honor Roll of Donors & Annual Report, more people will have a meal tonight.

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The Food Bank is a Four Star Charity

Ozarks Food Harvest has earned the prestigious Four Star Charity Award from Charity Navigator for three consecutive years, indicating OFH outperforms most other U.S. charities, as only 12% of nonprofits in the country have received at least three consecutive four-star evaluations. The Food Bank has also been honored with a local Economic Impact Award and was the first nonprofit in history to be named the Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

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As a Feeding America food bank, OFH adheres to these values:

Respect: We respect the inherent worth and dignity of every person and treat all with justice, equity and compassion. We honor the lives, concerns and stories of people in need and expect our partners to do the same. We accept one another and encourage diversity of thoughts and ideas.

Stewardship and Accountability: We keep faith with the public trust through the efficient and compassionate use of resources entrusted to us and are mindful that our mission is accomplished through the generosity of others. We maintain and communicate accurate and timely information on hunger research, education, advocacy and service. We evaluate and account regularly for how resources are used to implement and achieve our mission.

Collaboration: We believe in the power of community. We collaborate and build strong relationships, based on trust, with and among those who share our vision of creating a hunger­free America. We work together to accomplish the vision at the national and local levels, valuing each other’s roles and using an open process and honest communication. We seek out and are responsive to the input and counsel of our partners.

Urgency: We operate with an acute sense of urgency that reflects the immediate needs of hungry people. We challenge our employees, volunteers and partners to embrace the same sense of urgency to accomplish our shared vision.

Service: We believe service to others is fundamental to creating a hunger­free America. We serve with excellence, compassion and responsiveness to meet the needs of those with whom we work, internally and externally. The better we serve the more people we bring together in commitment to our vision.

Integrity: We act with honesty, trust and openness and deliver on commitments. We act within the spirit of agreements, contracts and the law. Our intentions and actions will be transparent and above reproach.

Diversity: We believe that the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of our nation should be reflected in our staff, Board and network.

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What motivates Food Bank donors to give?

Results from the 2014 OFH Donor Survey

  • 39%

    are aware of hunger locally

  • 19%

    volunteer for OFH or its network

  • 18%

    have faced hunger or hardship

  • 16%

    know someone who is food insecure

  • 5%

    recognize OFH as a good steward of gifts

  • 3%

    feel compassion, give for religious views or because of a fortunate situation