last updated 5/26
COVID-19 has caused additional hardships for many families across the Ozarks. Thousands have lost jobs and are needing food assistance for the very first time. According to Feeding America, food insecurity rates are projected to increase. We’re doing everything we can to help these families now, and we will continue to help them for as long as they need us.
During the week of May 18, we hosted three Mobile Food Pantries in the Ozarks.
About 19,190 pounds of dairy, meat, produce and nonperishable goods were distributed to 425 families. These children, families and seniors come from all walks of life, and thanks to your generosity, we’re able to give them groceries.
Donations to the COVID-19 Hope Fund will help us provide meals to so many families that are struggling right now. And thanks to MassMutual, every donation up to $20,000 will be doubled through May 31! That turns your $5 into $100 worth of groceries.
With your help, we can make sure that no one has to go to bed hungry during this challenging time. To have your donations matched, click below and select “COVID-19 Hope Fund” from the dropdown menu.Donate Learn more
P.S. This year the CARES Act will allow you to deduct up to $300 of your gift over your standard charitable deduction if you do not itemize your taxes. If you do itemize, the existing cap on annual contributions has been raised from 60% of adjusted gross income to 100%.
Our food pantries are open and ready to serve you. The majority of our sites have adopted a drive-through or walk-up model for food distribution at this time. Click below to find a pantry near you. Hours and services may vary, so please call the pantry to get the details before planning your visit.FIND A FOOD PANTRY
Due to COVID-19 and increased unemployment, some flexibilities have been temporarily added by the state of Missouri. Apply for SNAP through our hotline at 417-429-0853. We’re happy to help you!Learn about SNAP
“I’m a grandmother raising three grandkids. Their mother died 12 years ago. It gets to be a struggle whenever you don’t have food stamps and you’re working. This really helps us out because I have a 16-year-old and a 15-year-old and a 12-year-old so they can eat.”
“I’m glad you’re helping people. I need it. This is the first time I have ever been to something like this. This will help me a lot. I live on a fixed income. By the time I pay for everything, I usually don’t have money left, and I don’t have food stamps. People are all coming together to help each other, and I think that’s good.”
Want to get involved? Contact Jennifer Sickinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417-865-3411.
Create your own online fundraiser with your friends, organization or business using Mightycause!
You can also host a fundraiser through Facebook on behalf of Ozarks Food Harvest.
Contact Sarah Byrd at email@example.com or 417-865-3411 for more information.
Want to participate in a fundraiser with one of our partners? Check out our Community Partnerships.Donate
When you join Harvest Circle, a community of monthly sustainers that supports The Food Bank, you’ll help provide a steady source of funds that allow Ozarks Food Harvest to respond immediately when needs arise.
Here’s what your monthly gift can provide:
- $6/month – healthy breakfasts for one child for a year
- $12/month – dinner for a single mother and her child every weeknight for a year
- $25/month – a month of breakfasts, lunches and dinners for a hungry senior
- $50/month – six meals for every weekend of the school year for two food insecure children
- $100/month – meals for a family of four for a year, with after-school snacks for kids
Sign up to join Harvest Circle you make a gift at ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate by checking the “Make this a monthly gift” box.
If you already donate monthly, consider increasing your gift.
Contact Micah Rudd at firstname.lastname@example.org or 417-865-3411 for more info.Donate
Help raise awareness and funds for Ozarks Food Harvest by downloading and sharing this social media image!
Encourage your friends and followers to visit ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate and choose “COVID-19 Hope Fund” from the dropdown menu.