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Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 270 nonprofit organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank’s network of pantries and programs feed 261,000 unduplicated people each year, providing an annual distribution of 22 million meals.


Our Network

Ozarks Food Harvest provides food to numerous types of nonprofits, not just food pantries.

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    Food Pantries

    provide families & individuals with groceries to prepare meals at home

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    Feeding Sites

    soup kitchens, senior centers, boys & girls clubs & low-income daycares that serve meals on-site

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    Weekend Backpack Program or School Pantry program partners that provide food to students

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    Shelter, Rehab or Residential Facilities

    serve homeless, victims of abuse, recovering addicts or disabled individuals

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    After-School & Summer Food Sites

    sponsored by Ozarks Food Harvest to serve nutritious meals to at-risk children

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    Senior Box Sites

    provide commodity food to area seniors who qualify

Hunger in The Ozarks

Map The Gap

The need for food assistance in SWMO continues to be too high

Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap 2018 is the only study available that provides county-level estimates of food insecurity in the United States. In the 28 counties Ozarks Food Harvest serves, the study shows that 14.8 percent of the population faces food insecurity, meaning they are unsure of where their next meal will come from. Unfortunately, 22 percent of these individuals have income levels that disqualify them from receiving government assistance.

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Study reveals OFH serving 261,000+

The weak economy has increased challenges for thousands in southwest Missouri, and with higher-than-average inflation and the rising cost of food, the number of those struggling remains high. The largest, most comprehensive analysis of charitable food assistance in America reports a 69 percent increase in those served by Ozarks Food Harvest and its network over the past four years. Learn the demographics of those served by OFH in the Hunger in the Ozarks Executive Summary and see the snapshot of those in need—their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. Or, view the complete report to access all the data.



Missouri Hunger Atlas

The Missouri Hunger Atlas visually engages readers to better understand hunger in Missouri. Through a series of indicator maps and tables, the Atlas details the extent of food insecurity in all 114 Missouri counties and the city of St. Louis. The Atlas also assesses the performance of a host of public and private programs intended to help people struggling with hunger. The detailed profiles of counties served by OFH are available.

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Additional Research

The In Short Supply: American Families Struggle to Secure Everyday Essentials research project found that many American families struggle to afford basic non-food household goods—including products related to personal care, household care and baby care—and, as a result, make trade-offs with other living expenses and employ coping strategies to secure essential household goods.

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