Musgrave and Slusher Foundations make major gift
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The Jeannette L. Musgrave Foundation and the Roy W. Slusher Foundation are making sizeable grants toward feeding the hungry in a multi-county initiative called Feeding Hope in 2010. At a press conference held at Ozarks Food Harvest this morning, recipient nonprofit organizations were announced and awarded Feeding Hope grants.
Grant recipients of the Musgrave Foundation total gift of $112,000 included Convoy of Hope, Crosslines, Springfield Community Center, Springfield Victory Mission, The Kitchen, The Salvation Army – Springfield and Ozarks Food Harvest.
Those organizations who shared a grant in the amount of $56,500 from the Slusher Foundation were Christian Action Ministries, Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake, Church Army Branson, Lives Under Construction Boys Ranch, Gift of Hope – My Neighbor’s Pantry and Salvation Army – Branson.
Grantees, who will be distributing more food to the hungry this year thanks to the Foundations, were on hand to discuss the increasing demand for food as the recession persists into the New Year. Among those in attendance was Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley, who spoke on behalf of grant recipients in Taney County and Stone County.
According to spokesperson David Taylor, this distribution from the Musgrave and Slusher Foundations is in addition to the foundation’s ongoing support of area nonprofit agencies. The Boards of both foundations hope this additional gift will encourage others in the community to help meet this pressing need, he said.
The Feeding Hope in 2010 grants will help stock food pantries during a time when the need is great following the holiday season.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 350 hunger relief organizations across 29 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributed seven million pounds of food during its last fiscal year — the highest distribution in its 27‐year history — made possible due to its network of charities and direct‐relief programs such as the Weekend Backpack Program™, Kids Cafe® and the Mobile Food Pantry™ program. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org.