Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 105.9 KGBX will kick off the 18th annual Hungerthon radio-thon tomorrow morning with a goal of raising $125,000 for the Weekend Backpack Program. This initiative gives over 1,600 local children six nutritious meals to take home on the weekends, when hunger is more prevalent.
During Hunger Action Month, Ozarks Food Harvest will encourage those in the Ozarks to take a stand against hunger. Events will be held throughout September to raise awareness and give opportunity for the community to take part in the local effort to solve hunger.
Ozarks Food Harvest will receive a large donation of protein in honor of the annual McDonald’s of the Ozarks Cans for Coffee food drive, which begins today, Aug. 29. Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, distributing more than 14.6 million meals annually to 200 nonprofit agencies.
Lucas Oil Speedway and KOLR 10 are offering free admission to the races in Wheatland Mo., on Saturday, July 30 when event-goers donate four nonperishable food items to Ozarks Food Harvest at the gate.
Ozarks Food Harvest began its third season of the Full Circle Gardens program in March and is projected to have a record-breaking year. The mission of the program is to harvest local, sustainably-grown produce to distribute to people in need. The produce is gleaned from OFH’s garden in Rogersville, area farms, community gardens and home gardens.
Ozarks Food Harvest earned a 100 percent rating last week from Charity Navigator, the leading evaluator of nonprofits in the nation. It was one of only 49 among the more than 8,000 nonprofits evaluated across the country, and the only charity in Missouri, to receive this honor.
In just 24 hours, supporters of Ozarks Food Harvest donated $21,163 to fund a program that strives to feed the one in four children in the Ozarks who aren’t sure where their next meal will come from.
The funds were raised during the second annual Give Ozarks on May 3. Hosted by Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Give Ozarks gave over 220 nonprofits the opportunity to collect donations during a 24-hour online fundraiser. In total, over $1.04 million was raised for local charities.
Ozarks Food Harvest appointed new leadership to its board of directors and added one new member this week. The newly-elected president of the board, Tamara de Wild has served as the associate general council and director of legal services at O’Reilly Auto Parts since 2008, previously working as an attorney in private practice for 13 years.
Nearly 60 area grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest for the 17th annual Check Out Hunger, raising $31,763 to provide nearly 159,000 meals to children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri.