McDonald’s Cans for Coffee kicks off Oct. 21

McDonald’s Cans for Coffee kicks off Oct. 21

October 9, 2013

McDonald’s of the Ozarks giving away free coffee for donations to Ozarks Food Harvest for sixth consecutive year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— McDonald’s locations across the Ozarks are hosting the sixth annual Cans for Coffee food drive Oct. 21 through Nov. 10, offering customers one free small hot McCafé® beverage in exchange for a canned good for Ozarks Food Harvest. Free beverages include Pumpkin Spice Latte, Mocha, Caramel Mocha, Latte, Premium Roast Coffee, Iced Coffee or Hot Chocolate.

Patrons are asked to bring nonperishable food donations — such as canned tuna, soups, beans, vegetables or fruit — to the front counter or drive-thru window at any local McDonald’s restaurant to receive one free small hot McCafé® coffee or hot chocolate of their choice.

Sixty-three local McDonald’s collect Cans for Coffee, and Ozarks Food Harvest distributes the food to area food pantries and other hunger-relief programs across the Ozarks to help feed families and seniors in need during the upcoming holiday season.

Cans for Coffee is the largest annual food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest, and although hunger is a year-round problem, we’re grateful for this partnership during the season of giving,” said Denise Gibson, development director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “Over the last three years, our food pantries alone have seen a nearly 40 percent increase in requests for assistance. McDonald’s offers an easy way for people to give back. By simply donating a canned good, community members can feel good and receive a hot cup of coffee in return.”

Last year, nearly 30,000 pounds of food was collected. Since 2008, McDonald’s Cans for Coffee has donated nearly 115,000 pounds, or more than 95,000 meals for Ozarks Food Harvest and its more than 200 member agencies across 28 Missouri counties.

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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