OFH challenges local schools to a food fight

OFH challenges local schools to a food fight

October 13, 2011

Nearly ten Springfield schools battle to collect the most food

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest is challenging the community’s elementary, middle and high schools to the 2011 Food Fight, a week-long food drive competition to see which school can collect the most pounds of food per student, Oct. 17­–21.

The Springfield Public Schools accepting the challenge include Bingham Elementary, Bowerman Elementary, Boyd Elementary, Central High School, Cherokee Middle School, Cowden Elementary, Delaware Elementary, Kickapoo High School and Pipkin Elementary.

The winning school receives the Food Fight traveling trophy and bragging rights, according to Ozarks Food Harvest.

“We have so many schools that generously support our cause throughout the year, but we thought it would be fun to see what schools could do within one week’s time, knowing they were competing with one another, too,” said Development Director Denise Gibson. “We chose next week because Saturday is National Make a Difference Day and Springfield Food Day, celebrating the upcoming National Food Day, so it’s a great way to get involved during the week.”

Participating schools received a Food Fight kit with most needed food items, posters and receptacles. Community members who would like to donate food to students to bring to school can find most needed items online 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 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties in addition to long-term relief sites in Joplin. The Food Bank reaches 20,000 individuals weekly and distributes one million pounds of food monthly. OFH was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Learn more at and at