Ozarks Food Harvest provides record-breaking 22 million meals during COVID-19

April 14, 2021

The Food Bank continues to distribute food at an elevated rate to meet the increased demand

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Since April 2020, Ozarks Food Harvest has provided a record-breaking 22 million meals to its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations, making it the largest COVID-19-related donor to charities in southwest Missouri.

COVID-19 presented a perfect storm for The Food Bank in the past year. A combination of increased demand, declines in donations of food and disruptions to the supply chain made feeding families in southwest Missouri more difficult than ever before.

To meet the increased demand, Ozarks Food Harvest is continuing to distribute meals at an elevated rate to move the needle and close the meal gap. Since April 2020, The Food Bank has purchased $3.6 million worth of food to ensure their network of hunger-relief organizations didn’t struggle to keep their shelves stocked. In addition, Ozarks Food Harvest has hosted 133 Mobile Food Pantries helping more than 64,000 individuals acquire food assistance for the first time in their lives.

“We’re committed to the long haul to make sure everyone who needs food can get it in southwest Missouri,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “As we deal with the economic fallout of COVID-19, we’re asking for the community’s support to ensure families facing hunger can get on the road to recovery. Every dollar donated will help provide $10 worth of groceries to people in need right now.”

The Food Bank estimates that 194,000 individuals in the Ozarks are experiencing hunger due to the impact of the pandemic. Many families are receiving food assistance for the first time or for temporary relief during periods of unemployment.

Ozarks Food Harvest provides food and funds to its network of 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. Since the pandemic began, The Food Bank has spent more than $9 million to date on its COVID-relief response.

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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 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank provides 22 million meals annually to more than 261,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at, or