Great Southern employees volunteer at OFH

Great Southern employees volunteer at OFH

June 28, 2011

Bank also pledges $30,000 to Ozarks Food Harvest’s Backpack Program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Great Southern Bank in Springfield is sending three dozen employees to sort donations and repack food items for distribution at Ozarks Food Harvest this week.

Nearly 40 Great Southern employees will volunteer for three hour shifts either between 9:00 a.m. and noon or noon and 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 28, Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30. The three-day volunteer session will benefit Ozarks Food Harvest’s 300 member pantries and feeding sites across its 28-county service area.

Great Southern is a long-time supporter of Ozarks food Harvest. Employees have volunteered to pack food bags for The Food Bank’s Backpack Program, and recently, Great Southern pledged a three-year commitment to sponsor the Weekend Backpack Program. Great Southern made its first installment of $10,000 to The Food Bank at its annual radio-thon event, Hungerthon, earlier this month.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America® food bank for southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches 20,000 individuals weekly and distributes nine million pounds of food annually. Ozarks Food Harvest has a 28-year history in southwest Missouri and has had nearly one dozen member food pantries and feeding sites in Joplin, and even more in Jasper County, assisting with Joplin tornado relief for months ahead. Ozarks Food Harvest was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at and at

About Great Southern
With total assets of $3.6 billion, Great Southern offers banking, investment, insurance and travel services. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Great Southern operates 72 retail banking centers and more than 200 ATMs in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. The company also serves lending needs through a loan production office in Rogers, Ark.