Boy Scouts across the Ozarks are going door-to-door this weekend in effort to collect nonperishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest during the 26th annual Scouting for Food project.
Ozarks Food Harvest earned the highest rating of four out of four possible stars from Charity Navigator, the leading nonprofit corporation that evaluates charities in the United States. The regional food bank also received a four-star rating the last two years, indicating OFH outperforms most other U.S. charities, as only 12 percent of charities in the country have received at least three consecutive four-star evaluations.
Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team is getting a fresh start this spring, kicking off the 2015 growing season at Ozarks Natural Foods next Tuesday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local farm operation, located east of Springfield, is donating the use of its high tunnel and raised beds for production of local fresh produce to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest and the regional food bank’s network of 200 charity partners.
Eighty grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest to help Check Out Hunger, collecting a grand total of $49,786 in check-out lanes across the Ozarks.
The Musgrave Foundation is granting a total of $120,000 to select Ozarks Food Harvest partners. The funding will be utilized for food for local hunger-relief efforts.
Ozarks Food Harvest is asking area churches to host food drives in hopes of reeling in thousands of pounds of canned or “pouched” fish — one of the regional food bank’s most needed food items.
Sen. Roy Blunt is visiting Ozarks Food Harvest the week following Christmas to make a food donation and he’s participating in a morning volunteer session, alongside OFH volunteers.
Ozarks Food Harvest is receiving a large donation of frozen chicken, thanks to Smart Chicken’s 12th annual Feed the Hungry campaign.
Cashiers at 80 grocery stores across the Ozarks are still asking shoppers to participate in Check Out hunger by adding a donation to their bill to help provide meals for those in need in 2015.
Ozarks Food Harvest received a large truckload of nonperishable food items this morning, thanks to the seventh annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive.