Ozarks Food Harvest Organizes Grass-Roots Hunger Appeal

March 28, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. As part of the Missouri Food Bank Association’s annual Hunger Advocacy Day, Ozarks Food Harvest is organizing a group of 40 volunteers to visit their respective state elected officials on Wednesday, March 29 in Jefferson City.  The food bank has recruited volunteers from its member hunger relief charities throughout the 31 counties it serves in southwest Missouri.  “Our goal was to have an agency representative from every county we serve in Missouri,” said Bart Brown, executive director of Ozarks Food Harvest.

The food banks from Kansas City, St. Louis, and St. Joseph are also sending agency representatives as part of the days’ activities.  More than 150 hunger relief advocates are estimated to be on hand to participate at the capital.  After visiting with individual legislators, participants will meet with Representative John Bowman, and Speaker of the House Ron Jetton, for updates on a proposal to raise the minimum wage, and bills to provide tax credits to food pantries and additional food stamp assistance to seniors.  The Executive Directors of the four food banks will also meet with Governor Matt Blunt’s staff to update them about hunger issues in the state.

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.