Upcoming Events & Food Drives
Cans for Coffee 2015
Monday, Oct. 05 — Sunday, Oct. 25
Donate a canned food item at any of the 60+ area McDonald’s, Oct. 5–25, to receive a FREE McCafé® beverage, including a latte, hot chocolate, McCafe® coffee, mochas, iced coffee and pumpkin spice lattes. This is the eighth year McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected food for Ozarks Food Harvest and pantries across southwest Missouri.
Cans for Coffee occurs at over 60 area McDonalds in more than 40 communities across the Ozarks, including Aurora, Ava, Battlefield, Bolivar, Branson, Branson West, Buffalo, Cassville, Eldorado Springs, Forsyth, Hollister, Houston, Lebanon, Marshfield, Monett, Mountain Grove, Mountain View, Mt. Vernon, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Rogersville, Salem, Seymour, Springfield, St. Robert, Strafford, Thayer, Waynesville, West Plains, Willard and Willow Springs.
SPS Food Fight 2015
Monday, Oct. 12 — Friday, Oct. 23
Springfield Public Schools will participate in Ozarks Food Harvest’s 5th annual district-wide Food Fight competition October 12-23, with a goal of 45,000 pounds to beat last year’s total of 39,450 pounds of donations.
Food Fight is a food and fund drive competition among Springfield Public Schools with Partners in Education. The mission of the Food Fight competition is to raise hunger awareness across the district and stock community and school pantry shelves for the holiday season.
Join the Fight today! For more information and to register your school or business, click the link below.Food Fight 2015
Check Out Hunger 2015
Monday, Nov. 16 — Thursday, Dec. 31
Eighty grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest to help Check Out Hunger, collecting a grand total of $49,786 in check-out lanes across the Ozarks.
Check Out Hunger gives shoppers in more than 50 communities the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their bill when checking out at area grocers, including Akin’s, Bistro Market, Cash Saver, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, HyVee, Murfin’s Market, Pennington’s, Price Cutter, Price Cutter Plus, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Richards Supermarket, Smitty’s, Summer Fresh, Town & Country and Woods Supermarket.
This was the 16th annual Check Out Hunger, and it was a record-breaking year — helping provide 250,000 more meals to our neighbors who struggle with hunger.
21st Annual Turkey Trot and Food Drive
Thursday, Nov. 26
Since 2001, Turkey Trot has collected more than 70,000 lbs. of food for Ozarks Food Harvest! That’s 58,000 meals! Do your part this Thanksgiving by donating nonperishable food at Turkey Trot, the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri, at 8 a.m. on Nov. 26.
This year is the 21st annual event, and you can help support nonprofits like OFH, Development Center of the Ozarks and The Park Board. There are several ways to help.
1) Register to run or walk. It’s $20 through 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, or $15 for kids 12 and younger. Register online at parkboard.org or download a form to mail in. On-site registration opens Wednesday, Nov. 25, 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 $25 for adults and $20 for children. Don’t forget your food donations on race day!
2) Volunteer to help collect food at the Springfield Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis St., on Thanksgiving Day. Call Jo at OFH or go to ozarksfoodharvest.org/volunteer.
3) Donate your time the day prior to Turkey Trot at Packet Pick Up. Call us at (417) 865-3411 to sign up!