McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive provides thousands of meals for families in need
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest received a large truckload of nonperishable food items this morning, thanks to the eighth annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive that ended Oct. 25.
More than sixty area McDonald’s restaurants collected nearly 20,000 pounds of food for The Food Bank and its member agencies. The donation makes Cans for Coffee one of the largest food drives for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Combined with an added 40,000 pound chicken donation in the name of McDonald’s Cans for Coffee from Tyson Foods, the drive will allow Ozarks Food Harvest to distribute nearly 50,000 meals to its network of member agencies.
“Cans for Coffee is not only important to helping provide food to hungry Missourians, but it also draws awareness to the complex issue of hunger in our community,” said Denise Gibson, OFH development director. “We hope to get these donations out to our member agencies and pantries as soon as possible so that it can help our neighbors in need.”
From Oct. 5–25, McDonald’s of the Ozarks encouraged customers to donate a canned good in exchange for one free small McCafé® beverage of their choice. Since 2008, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 200,000 pounds of food—nearly 167,000 meals—from community members through Cans for Coffee.
“We are so thankful for McDonald’s continued partnership, and we especially appreciate all their generous customers who brought in food items to help The Food Bank provide thousands of meals to our neighbors in need during the holiday season,” Gibson said.
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About Ozarks Food Harvest–The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 200 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 14 million meals—or more than 16 million pounds—annually to more than 260,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.