Back in 1999, Kevin Howard and Liz Delany never imagined a new on-air fundraiser for Ozarks Food Harvest would be a success – let alone raise $1.66 million over the next 18 years.
Nearly sixty southwest Missouri grocery stores are teaming up with Ozarks Food Harvest to help Check Out Hunger for the Ozarks during the 18th annual fundraiser that began yesterday and continues until Dec. 31.
Forty-one pantries and eight feeding sites applied to receive the pass-through grants from Ozarks Food Harvest and Walmart. The agencies will have until March 1 to fundraise in their own communities to receive the dollar-for-dollar matching grant.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a large truckload of nonperishable food items this week, thanks to the ninth annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive that ended Sept. 25.
Artists and community members came together last Friday for the most successful Empty Bowls yet. The third annual fundraiser held at Panera Bread on South Campbell raised $7,440, selling all 220 handcrafted bowls donated by nearly 60 local artists.
Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are partnering for the third annual Empty Bowls to raise awareness and funds for the one in six adults and one in four kids who struggle with hunger right here in the Ozarks.
McDonald’s restaurants across the Ozarks are collecting cans for coffee Aug. 29- Sept. 25. Customers who donate one canned item for Ozarks Food Harvest will receive one free McCafe beverage.
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.