Food Bank distributes five Tons of Food to Counties affected by Tornados

March 17, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Ozarks Food Harvest distributed more than 5 tons of food this week to disaster response agencies in response to the devastating storms that struck last weekend.  On Monday, food bank staff assembled 1.5 tons of food into emergency food boxes for distribution at the American Red Cross Service Center in Nixa.  Throughout the remainder of the week the food bank worked overtime to schedule additional truckloads of food to agencies in Billings, Clever, Verona, and Webster, Hickory, and Lawrence counties.  The disaster response efforts were accomplished on top of Ozarks Food Harvest’s regularly scheduled distribution of 118,000 pounds of food to member charities during the week.

“We want our disaster response partners to know that we’re here for them, and we’re able to provide additional support now and in the upcoming months of recovery,” according to Bart Brown, Executive Director.

The food bank has spent the past several months working to rebuild its food supply from the shortages experienced from their hurricane relief distribution efforts.  Ozarks Food Harvest is currently accepting donations of non-perishable foods at their warehouse located at the corner of Chestnut Expressway and Glenstone, 615 N. Glenstone.  The food bank is also accepting cash donations to pay for transportation expenses for additional shipments of food.  The food bank can distribute $10 worth of food for every $1 donated.

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