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24th Annual Turkey Trot & Food Drive

Thursday, Nov. 22
8 a.m.

Join us for the 24th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning!

This fun tradition doubles as a food drive and has collected more than 138,000 pounds of food for The Food Bank since 2001. Last year’s race alone helped provide more than 6,500 meals! Do your part by donating five nonperishable food items before the 5K begins at 8 a.m. on Nov. 23.

This year, you can help support nonprofits like Ozarks Food Harvest, Developmental Center of the Ozarks and The Springfield-Greene County Park Board Scholarship Fund.

Here’s how to register or volunteer to help make this year’s Turkey Trot 5k and food drive a success:

1) Visit parkboard.org/turkeytrot to register online or download a form to mail in. Cost is $20/adult and or $15/kids 12 and under through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16.

2) On-site registration runs Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Expo Center and continues 6:15-7 a.m. on race day. On-site registration is $30 for adults and $25 for kids 12 and under. Don’t forget your five nonperishable food donations on race day!

3) Volunteer to help collect food at the Expo Center on Thanksgiving Day! Call Jo at Ozarks Food Harvest or go to ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer.

4) Donate your time the day prior or on race day to Turkey Trot at Packet Pick-Up. Call the Park Board at (417) 864-1049 to learn more.

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday, Nov. 27

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. Your donation this #GivingTuesday can make a huge impact for your hungry neighbors this holiday season.

Your donation will make a big difference, as one dollar can help provide four meals. Encourage your friends to join the movement by posting an #UNselfie. Print the template below to write down why you give to Ozarks Food Harvest, and make sure to add #UNSelfie and #GivingTuesdayOFH in your post for a chance to be shared on our social channels.

Thank you for helping us support hungry people across the Ozarks!