Cans for Coffee collects 20,000 pounds of food
The eighth annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive collected nearly 20,000 pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest.
“Cans for Coffee is not only important to helping provide food to hungry Missourians, but it also draws awareness to the complex issue of hunger in our community,” shared Denise Gibson, OFH development and communication director.
More than sixty area McDonald’s restaurants in 40 communities participated in the drive by encouraging customers to bring a nonperishable food donation to the front counter or drive-thru window to receive one free small McCafé beverage of their choice.
Since 2008, Tyson Foods has donated more than 240,000 pounds of frozen chicken to The Food Bank in honor of Cans for Coffee —donating 40,000 pounds of chicken this year. This boost to the drive will allow Ozarks Food Harvest to provide nearly 50,000 meals to its network of 200 partner agencies.
“We are so thankful for McDonald’s continued partnership, and we especially appreciate all their generous customers who brought in food items to help The Food Bank provide thousands of meals to our neighbors in need,” Gibson said. “We’re also thankful for Tyson’s donation of chicken which came just in time to help families during the holidays.”
Since the Cans for Coffee drive began, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 201,000 pounds of food to provide over 168,000 meals.