Upcoming Events & Food Drives
Check Out Hunger
Sunday, Nov. 01 — Thursday, Dec. 31
Make a difference for families facing hunger while you shop for groceries! Support Ozarks Food Harvest Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 at local retail partners across the Ozarks by adding a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to your grocery bill.
Participating retailers include Apple Market, Country Mart, Harter House, Hy-Vee, King Cash Saver, Price Cutter, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Town & Country Supermarket and Woods Supermarket
Last year, more than $43,000 was donated to help provide nearly 173,000 meals to children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri. Since 1998, the holiday campaign has collected more than $608,500 — providing 2.68 million meals.
Ozarks Food Harvest Month at CBCO
Sunday, Nov. 01 — Monday, Nov. 30
November is Ozarks Food Harvest Month at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks!
Roll up your sleeve for someone in need anytime throughout the month, and remember to donate your LifePoints to Ozarks Food Harvest. A donation of 1,000 LifePoints helps provide eight meals to families facing hunger.
We’re grateful for this partner and the lifesaving work that they do in the Ozarks, and we thank you for showing your support by donating blood.
Learn more about donating blood: cbco.org/donate-blood
Learn more about LifePoints: cbco.org/lifepoints
Virtual Turkey Trot
Thursday, Nov. 26 — Sunday, Nov. 29
Nothing can stop Springfield’s Thanksgiving tradition, even if we can’t all be together this year. The 26th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk will take place Thursday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 29, rain or shine, at the location of your choice.
Participants may register to complete a 5K over Thanksgiving weekend, alone or with friends and family, uploading race times and photos to compete for prizes. Proceeds from the event benefit the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Youth Recreation Scholarship Fund and the Developmental Center of the Ozarks.
Registration includes a long-sleeved Turkey Trot t-shirt, race bib, suggested race routes and the option to upload race time to qualify for awards. Participants may also share photos of themselves in their shirts and race bibs to compete in contests, like largest family, best costume, best-dressed pet, etc. All race times and contest entries must be submitted by midnight on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Packet pick-up will be a drive-through event held Wednesday, Nov. 25, at Killian Sports Complex, where participants may also register on-site and drop off food donations for Ozarks Food Harvest. Turkey Trot is one of our largest food drives of the year. Participants also have the option to have their package mailed for an additional fee.
Giving Tuesday 2020
Tuesday, Dec. 01
After Thanksgiving ends, Black Friday comes and goes and Cyber Monday passes, take a moment to give back during #GivingTuesday.
One in five children and one in seven adults in the Ozarks are food insecure, meaning they aren’t sure where their next meal will come from, and even more families are facing difficulties in the midst of the pandemic. Your gift this #GivingTuesday can make a huge impact for your neighbors this holiday season.
Your donation will make a big difference, as one dollar can help provide four meals. Help us reach our $25,000 goal by making a donation through our website or on Facebook on Tuesday, Dec. 1. Your donation will be doubled, thanks to Feeding Missouri.
Thank you for helping us support families across the Ozarks!