Local K-12 students participate in “Food Fight” for good

Local K-12 students participate in “Food Fight” for good

September 16, 2013

Hunger Action Month food drive competition benefits Ozarks Food Harvest

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Nearly 20 schools have stepped up to take Ozarks Food Harvest’s “Food Fight” challenge to collect nonperishable food items for area pantries, today through Friday, Sept. 20.

Food collected from each school will be weighed at The Food Bank after donations are received, and the school with the highest pounds collected, per student, becomes the Food Fight champion. Winners receive a traveling trophy to be displayed until next year’s food drive.

Participating schools include Bingham Elementary, Bissett Elementary, Boyd Elementary, Delaware Elementary, Horace Mann Elementary, Jeffries Elementary, Robberson Elementary, Sequiota Elementary, Shady Dell Early Childhood Center, Truman Elementary, Mark Twain Elementary, Wanda Gray Elementary, Weller Elementary, Cherokee Middle School, Jarrett Middle School, Pipkin Middle School, Pleasant View Middle School, Hillcrest High School and Strafford High School.

Cherokee Middle School won bragging rights the past two years, when area schools collected a combined total of more than 8,000 pounds of food for children, families and seniors in need across 28 southwest Missouri counties.

September is Hunger Action Month, when OFH encourages community members to help solve hunger all month long by taking action. The Food Bank’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar can be viewed at

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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 200 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. OFH celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Learn more at, or