Hunter Hayes partners with Ozarks Food Harvest
Concert at JQH on Saturday highlights local child hunger
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Award-winning artist Hunter Hayes is performing at JQH Arena this Saturday and he’s lending his voice to help spread awareness of child hunger in southwest Missouri, thanks to a partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest and ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program.
Ozarks Food Harvest is one of 10 U.S. food banks that have the unique opportunity to benefit from Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible” tour, which will include a food and fund drive outside JQH in the hours leading up to the concert. For every $5 or five nonperishable food items donated outside at the Ozarks Food Harvest van, donors can enter to win two sets of tickets, a pair of “Meet & Greet” passes and tour t-shirts — all donated by 94.7 KTTS and ConAgra Foods Foundation. The first drawing will be between 5–6:30 p.m.
Inside the venue, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., concert-goers can participate at a “Hope Grocery” booth by “shopping” from store shelves, choosing a ConAgra Foods or P&G product with the red push pin “Child Hunger Ends Here” label and taking the product to a “check-out stand.” There, they’ll enter the code from the product into a system in order to provide one meal to a child in need. Also when the code is entered, concert-goers will learn if they’ve won a prize for participating, including a chance to meet Hunter Hayes, ticket upgrades or autographed items. OFH staff will also man a table near “Hope Grocery.”
The “Hope Grocery” concept shows consumers how they can take action after the concert. ConAgra Foods and P&G have a goal to help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. To participate, look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products. For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to help feed those in need, including children in southwest Missouri.
In Hunter Hayes’ new hit single, “Invisible,” he brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States, which includes one in four children in Ozarks Food Harvest’s 28-county service area.
“I’m proud to partner with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger,” Hayes says. “My new single ‘Invisible’ speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door.”
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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.
About the Child Hunger Ends Here program
Consumers can easily participate by going to their local grocery stores and looking for the red pushpin and code on specially marked packages of 42 select ConAgra Foods and P&G brands, including Banquet®, Chef Boyardee®, Healthy Choice®, Hunt’s®, Pampers®, Bounty®, Tide® and Pantene®, then visiting ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through June 2014 for P&G brands and August 2014 for ConAgra Foods brands. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary equivalent of a 100,000-meal donation ($11,111).
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, the network provides food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among those served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Learn more at feedingamerica.org, facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
About ConAgra Foods Foundation
The ConAgra Foods Foundation, through its Nourish Today, Flourish Tomorrow platform, is dedicated to raising awareness of the nearly 16 million children in America who are at risk of hunger and live in food insecure homes where they may not have enough food to live active, healthful lives. It aggressively pursues sustainable solutions in the fight against child hunger. And the Foundation is committed to building a community of people who are passionate about ensuring that all kids have access to the food and facts they need to eat nutritiously while living balanced lifestyles and succeeding in school and life. ConAgra Foods Foundation invests in national and local partnerships with high-impact, not-for-profit organizations, such as Feeding America and 4H that take an innovative approach to addressing needs in the core areas of hunger and nutrition education. Learn more at conagrafoods.com or facebook.com/conagrafoods.
About Procter & Gamble (P&G)
P&G serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Ace®, Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Duracell®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Fusion®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Iams®, Lenor®, Mach3®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Prestobarba®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, Wella® and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Learn more at www.pg.com.
About Hunter Hayes
Four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, Hunter Hayes, is a performer, musician, producer and writer. His brand new single, “Invisible,” off his forth-coming release due this May, showcases Hunter’s growth not only as an artist but as a songwriter, taking the listener on an emotional journey lyrically; “Trust the one who’s been where you are, wishing all it was, was sticks and stones. Those words cut deep but they don’t mean you’re all alone and you’re not invisible.” His critically acclaimed Atlantic Records self-titled album garnered three consecutive No. 1 singles, selling more than eight million singles to date while the album itself has been certified platinum by the R.I.A.A. His current Grammy nomination for Best Country Solo Performance for his No. 1 single “I Want Crazy” marks his fourth Grammy nomination off his debut release. Hunter is currently featured as one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” and has played more than 500 dates since 2011. The Louisiana native has headlined sold out venues across the U.S. and Canada and recently wrapped the sold out CMT On Tour: Hunter Hayes’ Let’s Be Crazy tour.