Ozarks Food Harvest asks community to participate in Feinstein Challenge

March 1, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. From March 1 to April 30, 2006, Ozarks Food Harvest will be participating in the Feinstein Challenge. Each year, the Feinstein Foundation challenges anti-hunger charities nationally to earn as much of its annual $1 million grant. The one million is allocated to each participating charity based on how much they raise in donations between the first of March and the end of April. Ozarks Food Harvest needs the entire community’s help to qualify for as much money from the Feinstein Foundation as possible!

“Fighting hunger is a year-round challenge, but the Feinstein Foundation provides us with a special opportunity to increase awareness during an otherwise low-giving time of the year. It also gives us an opportunity to encourage local high schools and businesses to take an active role in helping others in the community,” commented Denise Gibson, Director of Development for Ozarks Food Harvest.

In addition to the opportunity for a maximum contribution from the Feinstein Foundation we stand to increase our community donations by two or three times if the community really works together to meet Alan Feinstein’s challenge! During the challenge period every cash, check or food donation we receive will be calculated and reported to the Feinstein Foundation. Ozarks Food Harvest would like to urge any area school, church or business to join in on this great opportunity to help others within our community.

With your donations, Ozarks Food Harvest, the food bank of the Ozarks, provides assistance to over 300 non-profit agencies within 35 Southwest Missouri and North Central Arkansas counties.  These agencies, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, senior citizen meal sites, and children’s after-school and weekend backpack feeding programs help us transform hunger in our communities into hope!

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