Cans for Coffee 2012 pours in 57,000 meals

Cans for Coffee 2012 pours in 57,000 meals

December 19, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest received the final donations from McDonald’s Cans for Coffee 2012 today, collecting nearly 30,000 pounds of food. Combined with an added boost of protein from Tyson, the drive will allow Ozarks Food Harvest to distribute more than 57,000 meals to its network of member agencies.

From Oct. 31–Nov. 20, more than 60 Ozarks McDonald’s hosted the food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest, encouraging customers to donate a canned good for one free small McCafé® drink of their choice.

“We are thankful for McDonald’s continued partnership, and for all of the customers who helped make this food drive one of our largest,” said Denise Gibson, development director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “With help from McDonald’s, we can be sure families in need will have groceries in the new year.”

Cans for Coffee 2012 is not only important to help provide food to struggling southwest Missourians, but it also draws so much awareness to the complex issue of hunger in our region, Gibson says.

Tyson Foods, Inc. donates a truckload of chicken in the name of the McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive every year. This year, Tyson gifted 38,400 pounds of frozen chicken.

Since 2008, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 115,000 pounds of food from community members for Cans for Coffee.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank   
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 250 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at, or