Together we are Transforming Hunger into Hope
Thank you for your hard work on the front lines of hunger relief! Ozarks Food Harvest’s member agencies, including food pantries, feeding sites and other partner organizations, have many benefits. In addition to food, funds and training provided by Ozarks Food Harvest, your agency can access food safety information and other resources online to support your mission.Order Login
FOOD SAFETY IS FIRST
Food and non-food items donated to Ozarks Food Harvest are carefully handled and tracked throughout the distribution process so that product retrieval is possible in the event of a recall.
The O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief is AIB certified and has earned a superior food safety certification rating for six years. As a Feeding America food bank, OFH adheres to the same guidelines grocers and manufacturers must follow. Many OFH food bankers are also ServSafe certified.
All OFH member agencies must be trained in food safety
Food safety is an important aspect of our work to end hunger and Ozarks Food Harvest is committed to providing continued training opportunities in food safety practices to our members. OFH requires at least two staff members from each agency (pantry and feeding sites) trained in food safety.
The Food Bank offers its Food Safety Training for all network members for free. The course is held at Ozarks Food Harvest, 2810 N. Cedarbrook in Springfield. To register for an upcoming Food Safety Training, select the appropriate course date listed. Click on the date you would like to attend to register.
Pantries are required to attend OFH food safety classes in order to receive information suited for the food banking/food pantry industry.
If your feeding site has a team member who has already earned a food safety training certificate — via ServSafe or the Springfield-Greene County Health Department — simply scan and email the certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org. Certificates are also accepted via fax at (417) 865-0504 and through mail at P.O. Box 5746, Springfield, MO 65801-5746.
OFH offers product extensions and inspection guidelines
As you probably know, the FDA allows manufacturers to stamp products with an expiration date, however, in most instances, this date is not intended to be a food safety date. The date actually helps the seller determine how long to keep the product on display and to help the consumer use the product when it is of best quality. To determine if food donations are still safe to consume, view OFH’s Product Extension dates.
If volunteers are inspecting donations made to your agency on-site, review Ozarks Food Harvest’s Inspection Guidelines made available to all Food Bank volunteers. Utilizing these guidelines will more consistently yield a safe and quality product. It can also increase your client satisfaction and help to efficiently train your volunteers.
Is your agency in compliance?
Are your refrigerators and freezers maintaining proper temperatures? Is your food stored properly? Is your civil rights poster visible to your clients? These questions and others are addressed when Ozarks Food Harvest staff visit your agency for routine monitoring.
View the form Food Bank staff utilizes during the member monitoring process. All members are required to send at least one staff, board member or volunteer to The Food Bank’s annual conference for its agency partners.
RECIPES WITH PANTRY CLIENTS IN MIND
For low-income and food-insecure individuals and families, choosing and preparing Foods to Encourage can be as difficult as accessing these foods. Some recipes — although very nutritious — might call for expensive, less common pantry items, or require inaccessible kitchen tools. When on a limited budget, it can be difficult to find healthy recipes that are also inexpensive to prepare. The Hub’s recipes have been evaluated with the needs and barriers in mind for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.
TEFAP RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE
If your TEFAP agency is in need of tangible applications and reports — due by the 5th of each month — they are available here for you. Call (417) 380-5007 or email for questions.
- TEFAP Manual
- FD 15A Part 1 Application for Receipt of TEFAP Foods Eligibility Criteria
- FD 15A Part 2 Application for Receipt of TEFAP Foods Signature Page
- Aplicación para la recepción de TEFAP Foods criterios de elegibilidad
- Aplicación para la recepción de TEFAP Alimentos Página de Firma
- USDA Foods Listing for Calendar Year 2021
- USDA Foods Listing for Calendar Year 2020
- TEFAP Pantry Monthly Report Card
2020 AGENCY CONFERENCE CANCELLED
We hope to get something on the calendar for 2021. Stay tuned.
OZARKS FOOD HARVEST IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SUPPORT for ITS MEMBERS
In FY2020, Ozarks Food Harvest provided more than $200,000 in grants for food and infrastructure, including freezers and coolers to help agency partners become stronger.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) mandates that Civil Rights training be conducted annually to inform and update state and local agency staff and volunteers of their obligations under Civil Rights laws and regulations.
- Every OFH member agency must keep documentation that all staff and volunteers have been trained. Use the civil rights training staff/volunteer sign-in to record all those trained at your agency and retain on-site with agency records.
- The Food Bank will automatically receive each agency’s online testing results, as well as the key personnel who have been trained.
The Food Bank’s self-paced manual contains detailed information about civil rights policies and serves as a guideline for protecting the rights of all program participants.
Before completing the 10-question test, agency staff may go back and review any section at any time. This method of learning allows participants to move at his or her own pace before the due date provided by Ozarks Food Harvest.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax, (202) 690-7442; or email, email@example.com.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
All of Ozarks Food Harvest’s partner agencies comply with a non-discrimination policy and are prohibited from refusing service to anyone based on race, creed, religious or political affiliation, gender or sexual preferences. Agencies are also prohibited from requiring participation in any religious services or activities in exchange for Ozarks Food Harvest’s food or services.