Upcoming Events & Food Drives
McDonald’s Cans for Coffee 2016
Monday, Aug. 29 — Sunday, Sep. 25
Donate a canned food item to any the more than 60 area McDonald’s of the Ozarks, Aug. 29–Set. 25, to receive a free McCafé beverage, including lattes, hot chocolate, McCafé coffee, mochas, iced coffee and pumpkin spice lattes. This is the ninth year McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected food for Ozarks Food Harvest and pantries across southwest Missouri.
Since 2008, this partnership has provided 168,000 meals for the one in six adults and one in four children struggling with hunger in our community.
Cans for Coffee occurs at over 60 area McDonalds in 40 communities across the Ozarks, including Aurora, Ava, Battlefield, Berryville, Bolivar, Branson, Branson West, Buffalo, Camdenton, El Dorado Springs, Forsyth, Gassville, Harrison, Hollister, Houston, Lebanon, Marshfield, Monett, Mountain Grove, Mountain View, Mt. Vernon, Nixa, Osage Beach, Ozark, Republic, Rogersville, Rolla, Salem, Seymour, Springfield, St. James, St. Robert, Strafford, Thayer, Waynesville, West Plains, Willard and Willow Springs.
30 Ways in 30 Days to help feed your hungry neighbors
Thursday, Sep. 01 — Friday, Sep. 30
During Hunger Action Month this September, there are so many ways you can help raise awareness of hunger in southwest Missouri. Use Ozarks Food Harvest’s 30 Ways in 30 Days calendar to get inspired.
Some ways to get involved include:
• Host a food drive
• Wear orange on Sept. 8
• Sponsor and child and provide meals over the weekend by donating during Hungerthon, Sept. 9-12
• Pack your leftovers for lunch and donate the money you save to OFH
• Attend OFH’s Iron Chef event at Farmers Market of the Ozarks, Sept. 17
• Donate and receive a handmade bowl at Panera Bread on Campbell at the Empty Bowls event, Sept. 23
Download 2016 Calendar
Panera Bread’s Hunger for Change
Monday, Sep. 05 — Friday, Sep. 09
Round up your bill to the nearest dollar to donate your change to Ozarks Food Harvest when you eat at Panera Bread during Hunger for Change from Sept. 5-9. Every dollar donated to The Food Bank provides five meals.
Go Orange Day 2016
Thursday, Sep. 08
On Sept. 8, thousands of anti-hunger advocates from across the country and here in southwest Missouri will go orange in an effort to raise awareness of the issue of hunger in the United States.
You can join in by doing these simple things:
• Wear orange. That orange T-shirt in your drawer, those orange socks, even that orange neck tie will do the trick to show everyone that you support eradicating hunger from the United States.
• Light up your porch. Turn your porch light orange to show your support for those who are hungry in the Ozarks.
• Add a Feeding America badge. Just add an orange Feeding America badge to your Facebook page to let your friends know you care about fighting hunger.
Join us for Go Orange Day!
Hungerthon 2016 on 105.9 KGBX
Friday, Sep. 09 — Monday, Sep. 12
Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia 105.9 KGBX are kicking off the 18th annual Hungerthon radio-thon this September in the hopes of raising $125,000 for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program, which provides food insecure children with a bag full of nutritious food to take home over the weekends.
Kevin and Liz of 105.9 KGBX will host the four day radio-thon during Hunger Action Month — Sept. 9-12 — asking listeners to sponsor Weekend Backpacks. Listeners can also tune at kgbx.com or on smartphones with the iHeartRadio app.
• Friday: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
• Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
• Sunday: 11–2 p.m.
• Monday: 6–10 a.m.
Listeners can call toll free 800-445-1059 to make a pledge, or donate at the event outside of the Historic Tower Theater near Glenstone and Sunshine. For a donation of $300, or $25 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and drinks every weekend of an entire school year.
Learn how your company can help provide meals for Weekend Backpack children and inspire others to give during Hungerthon. Contact Jennifer Sickinger at 417-865-3411 ext. 110 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for details about sponsorship opportunities.
Pledge your support as a Hungerthon sponsor