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Ozarks Food Harvest asks community to join fight against hunger in September

August 28, 2019

The Food Bank celebrates Hunger Action Month with 200 Feeding America food banks nationwide

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest’s Hunger Action Month is part of a nationwide campaign across Feeding America food banks designed to mobilize the public to take action against hunger in the community. Events will be held throughout September to raise awareness and give individuals the opportunity to take part in the local effort of solving hunger.

According to Feeding America’s 2017 Map the Meal Gap study, 40 million Americans are food insecure. In Ozarks Food Harvest’s 28-county service area, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 7 adults face hunger.

“The issue of hunger affects so many in our community, and Hunger Action Month helps raise awareness of that,” said Bart Brown, Ozarks Food Harvest’s president/CEO. “Getting involved in the fight against hunger can be as simple as making a donation or volunteering with us. We’re so grateful for all of the generous donors and community partners that support us in September and throughout the year.”

Ozarks Food Harvest will host and participate in several events to raise food, funds and awareness for its programs and its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations across southwest Missouri. Ozarks Food Harvest staff have also created a 30 ways in 30 days calendar, which gives one idea to help fight hunger for every day in September.

  • 21st annual Hungerthon on 105.9 KGBX is Friday, Sept. 6 through Monday, Sept. 9, when Kevin & Liz team up with The Food Bank to raise money for the Weekend Backpack Program on-air.
  • Go Orange Day is Sept. 12. Hunger advocates can wear orange—the symbolic color of hunger—and post their support on social media using the hashtags #HungerActionMonth and #HungerHeroes.
  • Tea Bar & Bites’ Apron Fashion Show and Silent Auction is Sept. 19 at 7 p.m., with proceeds from ticket sales and auction items benefiting The Food Bank. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online or at the door.
  • Empty Bowls with Panera Bread will raise awareness for the issue of hunger while supporting The Food Bank on Friday, Sept. 27 at the Panera on Campbell from 4-8 p.m. Event-goers can make a donation to receive a bowl created by a local artist as well as a meal of soup and bread.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest — The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, providing food to 270 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties serving 261,000 unduplicated individuals. The Food Bank provides more than 18.5 million meals annually. Learn more at ozarksfoodharvest.org, facebook.com/ozarksfoodharvest or twitter.com/ozksfoodharvest.