Hungerthon radio-thon raises $125,380 for Ozarks Food Harvest
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 17th annual radio-thon, Hungerthon, wrapped up at 10:08 this morning, collecting a grand total of $125,380 for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program. The program provides food insecure children with nutritious, child-friendly food items to take home over the weekends.
105.9 KGBX personalities Kevin Howard and Liz Delany hosted Hungerthon, beginning last Friday morning at 6 a.m. outside the Historic Tower Theater in Springfield. Those involved spent close to 30 hours since last Friday raising money for Ozarks Food Harvest.
This year’s goal of $125,000 was exceeded, raising $125,380 to provide more than 415 at-risk children across the Ozarks with Weekend Backpack Program food bags.
Several backpacks were matched by community businesses and foundations including MassMutual Financial Group, The Musgrave Foundation, SGC Foodservice, Cox Health, PRIME Inc., Taylor Communications, Peck’s Insurance & Financial Services, Colwell Captures, Huff Distributing, Nancy Jester, Ron & Janice Penney and Yahweh’s Place of Cedarville, MO.
Event sponsors included Family Pharmacy, Sonic and Studio417 Salon. Power Hour sponsors included Krispy Kreme, Coyote’s Adobe Cafe, May Motor Company, Bambino’s and B2, Big Whiskey’s, Academy of Hair Design, McKowen Family Dental, Shaila’s Boutique, The Order at Hotel Vandivort, Fire & Ice, Edible Arrangements, Prime, Inc.
Fifty-one southwest Missouri schools participate in Ozarks Food Harvest’s Backpack Program, which distributes approximately 55,000 backpacks annually. Those bags include meals for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks and drinks.
If community members were unable to participate in the community-wide event, pledges can still be made at Ozarks Food Harvest this week or securely online at ozarksfoodharvest.org/donate. For a donation of $300, or $25 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks, drinks and hygiene items every single weekend of an entire school year. Donors can also sponsor a child for a semester at $150, or 12.50 monthly. For more information, call (417) 865-3411.
Last year’s event raised $129,000. Since 1999, nearly $1.5 million has been raised through Hungerthon. Find out more about local Hunger Action Month activities at ozarksfoodharvest.org. Radio-thon event photos can be viewed online at kgbx.com.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest–The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 200 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 13.6 million meals annually to more than 260,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.