While addressing the immediate, urgent needs of our 28-county service area, Ozarks Food Harvest is also looking toward the future and the long-term impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Poverty and food insecurity rates are on the rise, and we’re committed to helping the community persevere through what’s to come.
We’re facing significant changes in our operations to continue meeting the rising needs of the community, and we need your help to continue providing food to families in need over the next several months. Scroll down to learn more.
During the week of June 22, we hosted three Mobile Food Pantries in the Ozarks.
About 30,000 pounds of dairy, meat, produce and nonperishable goods were distributed to 495 families.These children, families and seniors come from all walks of life, and thanks to your generosity, we’re able to give them groceries.
Ozarks Food Harvest is facing significant changes in its operations to continue meeting the rising needs of the community. Our largest anticipated changes and the resulting costs over the next several months are:
The purchase of nutritious foods: $2.2 million. Due to declines in food donations, The Food Bank must rely on additional purchased food items. The anticipated cost is an estimate based on current projections and the increased cost of food.
Additional staffing and staff resources: $500,000. Increased staffing to support daily operations due to decline of volunteer force. Increased distribution and equipment costs are expected.
This is just the beginning of a long road to recovery.Thousands of people are out of work, and our local economy is suffering. It’s uncertain when people will go back to work, what school will look like this fall or when “business as usual” will resume, but one thing is certain: Our hungry neighbors will continue to need help, and we need your support to get them the food they need for as long as they may need it.
Donations to the COVID-19 Hope Fund will help us provide meals to so many families that are struggling right now.
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.
The CARES Act provides incentives for people to increase their charitable giving as a result of the pandemic, including an above-the-line deduction for non-itemizers for up to $300 for cash contributions made during 2020 to public charities, and the removal of the cap on the deductibility of cash contributions for those who itemize. The goal of these incentives is to encourage giving to non-profits to enable them to meet the increased demands for their services and ensure that they have the needed resources to continue to serve the public.
Prior to this temporary change, corporations were allowed to deduct up to 10% of its taxable income. The temporary change allows corporate donors to deduct up to 25%.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Learn More
If you already donate monthly, consider increasing your gift.
Contact Micah Rudd at email@example.com or 417-865-3411 for more info.Donate
Let’s Get Social
Help raise awareness about how Ozarks Food Harvest is helping hungry neighbors get through the pandemic by following us on social media and sharing our posts using #OzarksStrong on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
You can also encourage your friends and family to donate at ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate, and choose “COVID-19 Hope Fund” from the dropdown menu.
Draw Hope to Drive Hope
Our operations team is working so hard to keep our hunger-relief partners well-stocked week after week. Thank them by drawing hope to drive hope! Get creative with these coloring sheets. Keep them at home as a reminder of our friends on the frontlines of hunger, or mail them to The Food Bank at P.O. Box 5746, Springfield, MO 65801 to thank our team!
Click here to download the coloring sheets.