Ozarks Food Harvest earns 100 percent score and Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

December 7, 2023

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest has earned a 100 percent rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent charity evaluator, based on their performance across multiple metrics. This rating designates Ozarks Food Harvest as an official “Give with Confidence” charity, indicating that The Food Bank is using its donations effectively based on Charity Navigator’s criteria.

The Food Bank also received their 12th consecutive Four-Star Rating based on Charity Navigator’s key rating indicators or beacons. The four key indicators that determine a nonprofit’s score are Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, Impact & Results and Leadership & Adaptability.

“We are delighted to provide Ozarks Food Harvest with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that Ozarks Food Harvest is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

Ozarks Food Harvest—the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri— reaches 70,000 individuals monthly and provides more than 20 million meals annually across its 28-county service area.

“We’re so proud to receive a 100 percent score and Four-Star Rating because it shows our dedication to being good stewards of every donation that comes through our door,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “Thanks to our generous community, we’re able to continue our mission to Transform Hunger into Hope across the Ozarks.”

In the past year, Ozarks Food Harvest has purchased more than $2.5 million worth of food and awarded $500,000 in grant funds to its network of 270 faith-based and community charities to meet the increased demand for food across a third of the state of Missouri.

More information about The Food Bank’s rating and Charity Navigator is available at Donors can also give securely online to support Ozarks Food Harvest 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 270 faith-based and community charities across a third of Missouri. The Food Bank reaches 70,000 individuals monthly and provides more than 20 million meals annually. Learn more at, or

About Charity Navigator
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