Upcoming Events & Food Drives
Happy Hour Live features OFH during Hunger Action Month
Wednesday, Sep. 09
5 p.m. — 7 p.m.
Come see the University Plaza Hotel fountain light up for Hunger Action Month as Ozarks Food Harvest raises awareness of hungry children, families and seniors in the Ozarks.
The Food Bank will give away orange light bulbs to attendants to help “shine a light” on hunger. There will also be a photo booth with orange spoons for event-goers to take selfies.
Happy Hour Live offers a chance for networking, local food and beverage tasting, local music and featured organizations.
Be sure to join us for this fun, free event sponsored by the Springfield Business Journal!
Check out the 30 ways in 30 days for more ways to get involved in Hunger Action Month.
Hungerthon 2015 on 105.9 KGBX
Friday, Sep. 11 — Monday, Sep. 14
Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia 105.9 KGBX will kick off the 17th annual Hungerthon radio-thon Friday morning in hopes of raising $125,000 for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program, which provides food insecure children with a bag full of nutritious, child-friendly food items to take home over the weekends.
Kevin Howard and Liz Delany of 105.9 KGBX will host the four-day, community-wide event for nearly 30 hours, during Hunger Action Month — Friday, Sept. 11 through Monday, Sept. 14 — asking listeners to help sponsor Weekend Backpacks. Listeners can also tune in online at kgbx.com or on smartphones and tablets by downloading the iHeartRadio app.
• Friday: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
• Saturday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
• Sunday: 11–3 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 iHeartMedia, located at the Historic Tower Theater near Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield. For a donation of $300, or $25 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks, drinks and hygiene items every single weekend of an entire school year. Donors can also sponsor a child for a semester at $150, or $12.50 monthly.
Tea Bar and Bites hosts Apron Fashion Show to benefit OFH
Wednesday, Sep. 16
7 p.m. — 9 p.m.
Tea Bar and Bites Bakery and Café hosts the second annual Apron Fashion Show, auctioning off donated hand-made or vintage aprons in a silent auction, to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest during Hunger Action Month.
Tickets will be pre-sold at Tea Bar & Bites starting August 17 for this entertaining night that includes art, food, drink, live music and an enjoyable atmosphere. The ticket price is $25, or $20 when an apron is donated.
Iron Chef 2015 at FMO
Saturday, Sep. 19
8 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
Two local chefs — and one home cook — will bring their culinary skills to market to compete in the Farmers Market of the Ozarks Iron Chef 2015 Competition. All proceeds will support Ozarks Food Harvest as part of Hunger Action Month.
Chefs will be asked to prepare three dishes, which highlight a unique market ingredient. In addition, one cut of meat will be provided to each chef to use in his or her main dish.
Judging for the competition will include votes from market customers and a portion of the final score will include scoring by a panel of judges. Market goers will be able to taste a sample of each dish and vote for their favorite by making a cash donation.
Empty Bowls 2015
Friday, Sep. 25
5 p.m. — 8 p.m.
Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are partnering together for Empty Bowls 2015, an event offering a bowl handcrafted by a local artist — and a meal of soup and bread — in exchange for cash donations.
Nearly 40 area artists have donated almost 200 bowls for the event. Attendees will be able to choose from bowls made from 19 different varieties of wood, as well as hand-thrown pottery bowls, and even bowls crafted by Springfield elementary students.
The empty bowls serve as a reminder of those struggling with hunger in southwest Missouri. All the money raised will support children, families and seniors in need.
The opportunity to purchase a bowl is for the first 150 guests who make a minimum donation of $10. Please join us for the second annual Empty Bowls!