Ozarks Food Harvest partners with Destiny Church to distribute USDA food

January 14, 2021

Destiny Church in Republic will distribute product on the third Tuesday each month beginning January 19

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Ozarks Food Harvest is partnering with Destiny Church in Republic to distribute food at no cost to qualifying families each month through The Emergency Food Assistance Program, also known as TEFAP.

Destiny Church is located at 526 E. Harrison St in Republic, Missouri. Distribution will be on the third Tuesday each month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. beginning January 19. Individuals interested in food assistance must bring identification, proof of Greene County residency and income information to qualify.

“Having access to food assistance at a convenient location can be difficult for families who struggle with transportation,” said Denise Gibson, development and communication director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re so glad to partner with a site that will make food access easier for folks living in Republic and southwest Greene County.”

TEFAP is a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that helps supplement the diets of families facing hunger by providing them with emergency food assistance at no cost. Through TEFAP, the USDA purchases a variety of nutritious, high-quality foods and partners with The Food Bank for distribution.

“We’ve seen more new people visiting our food pantry than ever before due to COVID-19,” said Chad Blansit, lead pastor of Destiny Church. “We’re thankful for the additional food and support from Ozarks Food Harvest to ensure families in our community don’t have to wonder where their next meal is coming from.”

Ozarks Food Harvest is the largest COVID-19 related donor to charities in southwest Missouri. Since April 2020, Ozarks Food Harvest has hosted more than 90 Mobile Food Pantries, purchased an additional $3.6 million worth of food and provided a record-breaking 16 million meals for its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations.

For more information about the distribution and qualifications, contact Destiny Church at 417-732-5378. For more information about Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of food pantries and feeding programs, visit

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 22 million meals annually. Learn more at, or