Ozarks Food Harvest earned a 100 percent rating last week from Charity Navigator, the leading evaluator of nonprofits in the nation. It was one of only 49 among the more than 8,000 nonprofits evaluated across the country, and the only charity in Missouri, to receive this honor.
In just 24 hours, supporters of Ozarks Food Harvest donated $21,163 to fund a program that strives to feed the one in four children in the Ozarks who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.
The funds were raised during the second annual Give Ozarks on May 3. Hosted by Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Give Ozarks gave over 220 nonprofits the opportunity to collect donations during a 24-hour online fundraiser. In total, over $1.04 million was raised for local charities.
Ozarks Food Harvest appointed new leadership to its board of directors and added one new member this week. The newly-elected president of the board, Tamara de Wild has served as the associate general council and director of legal services at O’Reilly Auto Parts since 2008, previously working as an attorney in private practice for 13 years.
Nearly 60 area grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 17th annual Check Out Hunger, raising $31,763 to provide nearly 159,000 meals to children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a donation of nearly 20,000 one-dozen eggs from area egg distributor Opal Foods at the end of March to help feed families in southwest Missouri.
Boy Scouts across the Ozarks are going door-to-door this month to collect nonperishable food for Ozarks Food Harvest during the 27th annual Scouting for Food.
Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team began its third season in March with volunteers preparing garden beds for crops at local community gardens.
Ozarks Food Harvest is asking churches, businesses, schools or any interested group to participate in the second annual community Fish Drive during Lent, Feb. 10 to March 24.
Thanks to a grant from Feeding America, Ozarks Food Harvest awarded $50,000 worth of equipment and food safety supplies to provide its hunger-relief organizations the capacity to give more nutritious food to the people who need it most.