Fish Drive reels in nearly 1,000 pounds
During Lent, Ozarks Food Harvest asked area churches and community partners to collect fish in cans or pouches for the second annual Fish Drive, a food drive focused on donations of high-protein fish.
The eight churches and organizations that participated collected a total of 929 pounds of food — providing 774 meals for children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. This exceeded last year’s total by 360 pounds.
“We’re excited about this year’s increase because fish gives those we serve protein-rich meals,” said Denise Gibson, Ozarks Food Harvest director of development and communication. “Protein is one of the most requested items, so this drive is a huge help to the community.”
To help increase protein options for Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of agencies, groups were asked to collect canned or pouched tuna, salmon, mackerel, sardines or oysters.
Food Bank staff thought this type of drive would be a creative way for Lenten observers to put their faith into action and help feed their neighbors in need in the Ozarks.
If you didn’t have a chance to donate during the Fish Drive, head to Walmart stores on April 24. The Venues, a Springfield church, is collecting fish from shoppers for the second year. Last year, the church collected 1,470 pounds of food and $67. You can also drop off donations at The Food Bank.