Fighting Hunger as a Family

In the Ozarks, 1 in 5 children faces hunger. Chances are, someone your child goes to school with may not have enough to eat. The problem is vast but often hidden.

We all have a role to play in fighting hunger. Children can make a positive difference in the lives of other kids living with food insecurity. It’s important to talk to children about hunger, and inspire them to take action to fight hunger.

We have resources designed to help you talk to the kids in your life about hunger and encourage them to help. Only when we all work together can we focus on ending hunger, and make sure every child has the food they need to grow healthy and strong.

How to talk to kids about hunger

Tell your child a story about someone who struggles facing hunger then discuss what that person might be feeling. You can also share this video with them and ask them how they can make a difference for their friends or classmates that might be experiencing hunger.

Your child can learn while expressing their creativity with these coloring pages. Keep them at home as a reminder of our friends on the frontlines of hunger, or mail them to The Food Bank at P.O. Box 5746, Springfield, MO 65801 to thank our team!



Collect donations for Ozarks Food Harvest. Involve your child in the process by having them decorate the jar and choose where it should be placed in your home.

You can also encourage them to collect fund or food donations instead of receiving presents during their next birthday party.


Help children understand hunger with a coloring activity. Click below to download our coloring pages.


Volunteering as a family is a great way to spend time together while also giving back. We would love to see you and your family in our warehouse or at the garden. Children 12+ are welcome to volunteer at the warehouse, and kids must be school-age to volunteer at the garden.

If your family is involved in a community group—such as Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts or 4H—see if the group can volunteer together!