Smart Chicken donates protein to Ozarks Food Harvest just in time for the holidays

December 15, 2020

Ozarks Food Harvest received nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken to help provide meals in southwest Missouri

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Ozarks Food Harvest received nearly 7,000 pounds of chicken on Tuesday from Smart Chicken, thanks to the company’s 18th annual Smart Giving Holiday Challenge campaign.

Smart Chicken’s Smart Giving Holiday Challenge donates 10 percent of poultry purchased at various retailers including Country Mart, Food 4 Less, Harter House, Price Cutter, Town and Country and Woods Supermarket during the month of November to Ozarks Food Harvest.

“The holidays can be a difficult time for families facing hunger, especially right now as they experience the effects of COVID-19,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “Thanks to Smart Chicken, we’re able to provide healthy, nutritious protein to children, families and seniors just in time for the holiday season.”

Protein items, like chicken, are one of the most requested products from Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of 270 food pantries and feeding programs, especially during the holiday season. Since April, Ozarks Food Harvest has provided $25.5 million worth of food and funds to its network of hunger-relief organizations.

“We’d like to thank the local grocers for encouraging folks to purchase additional product that gets passed through for this donation,” said Joe Horvath, account manager of Smart Chicken. “We’re grateful to be able to help provide food to the families of southwest Missouri during this time.”

Since 2004, Ozarks Food Harvest has received nearly 134,000 pounds of poultry from Smart Chicken.

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About Ozarks Food Harvest — The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the largest COVID-19 related donor to charities in southwest Missouri. Since April, Ozarks Food Harvest has hosted more than 90 Mobile Food Pantries purchased an additional $2.6 million worth of food and provided a record breaking 16 million meals for its network of 270 hunger relief organizations.Learn more at, or