Ozarks Food Harvest earns eighth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator

October 1, 2019

The Food Bank receives highest possible rating, demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Ozarks Food Harvest has earned the highest rating of 4 out of 4 possible stars from Charity Navigator, the leading nonprofit corporation that evaluates charities in the United States. Charity Navigator’s star rating is based on an organization’s financial health, accountability and transparency.

The regional food bank has also received a four-star rating the last eight years, indicating Ozarks Food Harvest outperforms most other charities in America. Out of the more than 9,000 charities evaluated by Charity Navigator, only four percent have received at least eight consecutive four-star evaluations.

“Every dollar donated to The Food Bank makes a difference for someone struggling with hunger,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of The Food Bank. “Our four-star Charity Navigator rating lets our supporters know they can trust us to use their donations efficiently and effectively to alleviate hunger in the Ozarks.”

With a strong network, expanded programming and increasing support from individuals, corporations, foundations and government entities, Ozarks Food Harvest is changing the landscape of hunger in southwest Missouri.

“Attaining a four-star rating verifies that Ozarks Food Harvest exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities,” according to Michael Thatcher, president/CEO of Charity Navigator. “This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Ozarks Food Harvest apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

Ozarks Food Harvest—the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri—serves more than 261,000 unduplicated individuals each year in 28 counties throughout the Ozarks. With both food and fund donations, The Food Bank provides more than 1.4 million meals per month to children, families and seniors in need.

More information about The Food Bank’s rating and other information about charitable giving is available on 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, 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, or