August 30, 2022 in Get Involved

September is Hunger Action Month at The Food Bank. A thirty-day campaign devoted to hunger-relief education, awareness, and advocacy. All month long, community members and business partners help Ozarks Food Harvest bring attention to the issue of hunger in southwest Missouri.

Proceeds from Hunger Action Month support our Weekend Backpack Program, providing meals for children like Tyler, age 10, who have difficulties learning and thriving in school because they don’t get enough to eat.

“When I’m hungry, it makes me feel really irritable, and I just don’t really feel the same way as I normally would,” Tyler shared. “When I’m learning, it will derail the way that I’m learning because I’m not listening the same way that I was when I was not hungry.”

Businesses, groups, and individuals can all fight childhood hunger by hosting fundraisers, supporting a Hunger Action Month partner, or attending these events:

Our Go Orange Auction is Sept. 14-16. Join us online to bid on silent auction items and packages from local shops, restaurants, and artists to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program.

Hungerthon, our annual radiothon with iHeartRadio Springfield, will be Sept. 9-12. Tune in all weekend and make your pledge of $360, or $30 a month, to sponsor a year of weekend meals for a child overcoming hunger.

Empty Bowls serves as a reminder of those facing hunger in southwest Missouri. Patrons can purchase handmade wooden and ceramic bowls donated by local artists online Sept. 26-29, or in person on Sept. 30 at Panera Bread on South Campbell Ave.

Through the Apron Fashion Show presented by Tea Bar & Bites Café, you can bid on handcrafted and vintage aprons. Tickets to this Sept. 30 event include a beverage and a plate of small bites. Purchase your tickets at Tea Bar & Bites Café or by calling 417-866-7500.

We hope you’re as excited as we are for this year’s events! To learn more about all things Hunger Action Month, visit If you would like to partner with us, contact Sarah Byrd at