Upcoming Events & Food Drives
Hunger Action Month
Tuesday, Sep. 01 — Wednesday, Sep. 30
In southwest Missouri, far too many people struggle with hunger. Even more people are going hungry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This September, you can help raise awareness—and provide meals—by participating in Hunger Action Month.
All proceeds from this year’s events will benefit our Weekend Backpack Program, which provides meals for children who might not get enough to eat over the weekends. So, sign up to volunteer, check out a few events and help us Transform Hunger into Hope in the Ozarks!
Hunger Action Month was spearheaded by Feeding America in 2008. The organization, which heads up all 200 food banks across the United States, wanted to create a nationwide push to get people involved in the fight against hunger. Each year, Ozarks Food Harvest engages the community with events, food and fund drives, community partnerships and more to help raise awareness and increase donations. There are ways to get involved every day this September. We can’t wait for you to join us!
Learn more at hungeractionmonth.info!
Apron Fashion Show
Friday, Sep. 04 — Thursday, Sep. 17
Join us for two weeks of fashion and fun in partnership with Tea Bar & Bites. Place your bid on beautifully handcrafted and vintage aprons along with silent auction merchandise from local shops and restaurants to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest. Support Tea Bar & Bites by purchasing cafe gift cards. Handmade face coverings will also be available this year! All proceeds will benefit the Weekend Backpack Program.
Want to donate aprons, masks, silent auction items or ask questions? Contact Sarah Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Go Orange Day
Thursday, Sep. 10
On Sept. 10, thousands of hunger heroes 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.
Join us with these ideas:
- Wear orange. Volunteer during September to receive a shirt for just $5! You can also wear orange socks or an orange tie to let everyone know that you are fighting hunger.
- Light up your front porch. Use an orange lightbulb to show your support.
- Post on social media. Use #HungerActionMonth and #HungerHeroes to let your friends and family know you support our mission. Remember to tag Ozarks Food Harvest in your posts!
We’re excited to see how you go orange this year!
Hungerthon with iHeartRadio Springfield
Friday, Sep. 11 — Monday, Sep. 14
Join us for Hungerthon! Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartRadio Springfield are kicking off the radio-thon this September to raise funds for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program, which provides food-insecure children with a bag of nutritious meals and snacks to take home each weekend.
Tune in to Alice 95.5, US97, 100.5 The Wolf and 105.9 KGBX to listen for dollar-for-dollar matches that will double your impact.
A $360 donation will help provide a full year of meals for an at-risk child.
Listeners can donate or make a pledge online, or they can stop by to make a donation at the event. For a donation of $360, or $30 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and drinks every weekend for an entire school year.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Sickinger at email@example.com for more info.
Empty Bowls with Panera
Friday, Sep. 18 — Wednesday, Sep. 30
Purchase ceramic and wooden bowls online to benefit The Food Bank through this year’s Empty Bowls event. The first 250 donors will receive a coupon for a bowl of free soup and a piece of bread from Panera, and two lucky donors will be chosen to receive free bread or bagels for a year.
You’ll have two weeks to explore and shop for beautiful bowls! All bowls are handcrafted by artists in southwest Missouri.
The empty bowls serve as a reminder of those struggling with hunger in southwest Missouri. All the funds raised from this year’s event will support the Weekend Backpack Program.
Click here to donate bowls!