Denise Gibson: Thanks, Ozarks, for support

October 14, 2015 in From Denise's Desk Harvest Time Newsletter

Denise 10This year’s Hunger Action Month was one of the best yet. We had more outreach and fundraising events than ever before, and you really stepped up to help Ozarks Food Harvest.

Our friends at iHeartMedia did an incredible job with Hungerthon, new to 105.9 KGBX this year. It was certainly a highlight of Hunger Action Month. Over $125,000 was raised for the Weekend Backpack Program to give area children food over the weekend when school lunches aren’t available and they might otherwise go hungry. Over the four day ratio-thon, I watched Kevin and Liz put in long hours sharing with listeners exactly why it is so crucial that they donate to this program.

It’s partners like this that make raising awareness of the issue of hunger possible. At Ozarks Food Harvest, we work every day to feed people across 28 Missouri counties, and community support is imperative to be able to grow much-needed food assistance programs.

That’s why I am so thankful for the people of the Ozarks and our generous partners.

Our friends at Farmers Market of the Ozarks raised $1,600 during this year’s Iron Chef Competition, the second annual Apron Fashion Show with Tea Bar & Bites raised just over $1,000 and please read about the incredible Empty Bowls here. These events, along with many other fund and food drives, made for an incredible month.

Thanks for your much-appreciated support in feeding local children, families and seniors.

Denise Gibson is the director of Development and Communication at Ozarks Food Harvest.