For the 11th year in a row, Ozarks Food Harvest has earned the highest rating of 4 out of 4 possible stars from Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator of charities. Our rating is especially meaningful this year because it means I can assure you that during this time of high inflation, increased costs and soaring demand for assistance, you’re contributing to one of the most effective hunger-relief charities in the nation.
The Charity Navigator rating is based on a charity’s financial health, accountability and transparency. They evaluate over 200,000 charities and recently expanded its rating system to include measures-of-impact, community benefits, strategic planning and sustainability.
Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator shared, “This is our highest possible rating and indicates that your organization adheres to sector best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Ozarks Food Harvest apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”
Our consistent 4-star rating reflects our focus on being good stewards of every dollar donated and our investment in this community. Through thoughtful planning and community partnerships, we ensure we’re doing the most with the gifts you entrust to us.
As you know, 96 cents of every dollar go directly towards food distribution for individuals facing hunger. Your contributions help support more than 50,000 people each month.
Donations support our neighbors in need with programs like Mobile Food Pantries, Senior Produce Pantries, the Weekend Backpack Program, which provides weekend meals for children from low-income homes. Each year, we provide holiday meals so our neighbors can come together with their loved ones and enjoy the season.
Because we care about the work that we do and the responsibility entrusted to us, we take the opportunity to invest in our communities to make them better. We help support our partner charities with grants to improve their community outreach and food distribution.
We work hard for this rating every year and are very proud to earn it. It demonstrates our dedication to our mission: Transforming Hunger into Hope. And we couldn’t do it without you.
At this time of the year, I’m grateful to each of you who trusts us with their gifts this holiday season to feed children, families and seniors across southwest Missouri.