Springfield Rotary Clubs feed the Ozarks through volunteer service

June 29, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Springfield Rotary clubs hosted a Rotary Feeds the Ozarks volunteer day at Ozarks Food Harvest on Saturday. Eighty-eight Rotary club members, Rotaractors, family, friends and prospective Rotarians volunteered at The Food Bank, sorting nearly 19,000 pounds of food and assembling 591 senior food boxes. This will provide 32,374 meals for children, families and seniors in the Ozarks.

“Rotary is an important partner to Ozarks Food Harvest,” says Bart Brown, President/CEO of The Food Bank. “Over the years, Rotary clubs have purchased three Mobile Food Pantry trucks for The Food Bank, as well as provided thousands of volunteer hours. It was amazing to see the Rotary clubs unite through service as an example of their motto of ‘service above self.’”

The Rotary clubs are supporting The Food Bank through the first-ever North-South Food Fight competition through July 31. The goal is for each regional Rotary to accumulate points by volunteering and donating money or food to The Food Bank or other organizations that provide food for hungry Missourians.

Springfield Rotary clubs are groups of local professionals bonded by values of fellowship, service to the community and a deep commitment to acting on those ideals. The groups approach projects like Rotary Feeds the Ozarks with a positive attitude and encourage family members and non-Rotarians to participate in these efforts in order to strengthen the Springfield community as a whole.

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Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 200 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes more than 13 million meals annually to 260,000 unduplicated individuals. Learn more at, or