Check Out Hunger raises more than $36,000
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Nearly 80 grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest to help Check Out Hunger over the holidays — and today The Food Bank received the final check bringing the grand total to $36,515 collected in check-out lanes across the Ozarks.
Check Out Hunger gives shoppers in more than 50 communities the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to their bill when checking out at area grocers, including Akin’s, Bistro Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, Hy-Vee, Murfin’s Market, Price Cutter, Ramey, Smitty’s, Summer Fresh, Town & Country and Woods Supermarket.
The funds raised during the 15th annual campaign will help feed those who access hunger-relief services from 200 Ozarks Food Harvest member food pantries and programs in 28 southwest Missouri counties. Every dollar donated to The Food Bank provides five meals for those in need.
Last year, Ozarks Food Harvest’s Check Out Hunger program raised $35,000, and since 1998, the grocer-food bank partnership has collected more than $271,000.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 200 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. OFH celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013 and received its second consecutive Four-Star Charity Navigator rating the same year. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.