105.9 KGBX hosts 19th annual Hungerthon radio-thon for Ozarks Food Harvest

September 7, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 105.9 KGBX will kick off the 19th annual Hungerthon radio-thon tomorrow morning with a goal of raising $130,000 for the Weekend Backpack Program. This initiative gives more than 1,600 local children six nutritious meals to take home on the weekends, when hunger is more prevalent.

Kevin Howard and Liz Delany of 105.9 KGBX will host the four-day Hunger Action Month event from Friday, Sept. 8 through Monday, Sept. 11 asking listeners to sponsor kids on the Weekend Backpack Program. Listeners can also tune in online at or by downloading the iHeartRadio app.

Event hours are 6 a.m.­-7 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday; and 6-10 a.m., Monday. Listeners can call 417-890-KGBX (5429) to make a pledge, or donate at the event outside iHeartMedia, located at the Historic Tower Theater near Glenstone and Sunshine in Springfield.

For a donation of $300, a child will receive breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and snacks for every Saturday and Sunday of an entire school year. Donors can also sponsor a child for a semester for $150. Those who make a donation of at least $105.90 will receive a free Hungerthon 2017 commemorative T-shirt that can be picked up outside iHeartMedia.

There are 59 southwest Missouri schools in 16 counties that benefit from Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program, which now distributes nearly 58,000 food bags annually.

Last year’s event raised over $149,533 — enough to provide nearly 500 children in need with six nutritious meals every weekend for an entire school year. Since 1999, $1.67 million has been raised through Hungerthon.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s Hungerthon include CoxHealth, Harter House, MassMutual and Musgrave. Several local businesses including Family Pharmacy and Sonic are returning as event sponsors.

Community members can donate online outside of event hours at Designate funds to go to the Weekend Backpack Program. To find out more about Hunger Action Month activities, visit

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About Ozarks Food Harvest — The Food Bank

Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, providing food to 270 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties serving 261,000 unduplicated individuals. The Food Bank provides 16.4 million meals annually., or