Bank of America grants $20,000 to The Kitchen and Ozarks Food Harvest

September 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Bank of America has awarded a joint grant of $20,000 to The Kitchen and Ozarks Food Harvest for a unique partnership to address rural poverty issues.  The grant will allow the two charitable organizations to partner together for additional food distribution in Berry, Dade, Lawrence, Stone and Taney Missouri counties.

More than 25,000 pounds of food will be distributed to food pantries in five impoverished rural counties in the Ozarks.  The food items Bank of America is helping purchase are high in nutritional content and are often hard to come by through traditional donations. They include shelf stable milk, baked beans, canned vegetables, canned fruit, and peanut butter.

“We are so grateful to Bank of America for their gift of $20,000,” Bill Stalnaker, Executive Director of The Kitchen, said. “It is especially nice to be working with Ozarks Food Harvest in this venture because The Kitchen and Ozarks Food Harvest share the mission of feeding the hungry.”

“This partnership highlights the fact that hunger is as prevalent in rural parts of Southwest Missouri as in urban areas.  We are privileged to partner with our friends at The Kitchen and Bank of America to provide additional food to those in need,” Bart Brown, Executive Director of Ozarks Food Harvest, said.

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.