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For 1 in 5 children in southwest Missouri, food insecurity is a daily reality. During the week, kids are able to get through the day with school-provided breakfasts and lunches. But what happens on the weekends when those meals aren’t available? You can help ensure that at-risk children in the Ozarks have something to eat on the weekends. And this year, we need your help more than ever.




Every dollar makes a difference for at-risk children. Just $360 (or $30/monthly) helps sponsor one Weekend Backpack child for a full school year. Can you help make a life-changing difference in the life of a child experiencing hunger?


To donate by mail, please print and fill out the below form and send a check to:
Ozarks Food Harvest
Attn: Jennifer Sickinger
P.O. Box 5746
Springfield, MO 65801.


For corporate sponsorship information, please contact Jennifer Sickinger at (417) 865-3411 x 110 or email

A Hungerthon donation will provide weekend meals for local children who might otherwise go without. Each bag contains six kid-friendly meals, beverages and snacks.

Nearly 58,000 bags are distributed in 62 schools each year. Learn more about the Weekend Backpack Progam and the children it serves DONATE NOW

We’re so grateful for your compassion for children across the Ozarks. We collect real stories of hunger and hope from children across the community. Here are just a few: