University Plaza goes orange for Hunger Action Month

University Plaza goes orange for Hunger Action Month

August 31, 2012

Park Central Square fountain will also “Light Up Orange”

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— The University Plaza Hotel is joining buildings across the nation to “Light Up Orange” this September, during Hunger Action Month, to help shed light on the critical issue food banks like Ozarks Food Harvest fight daily.

Locally, the regional food bank, Ozarks Food Harvest — and its network of 250 member pantries and kitchens — serve 170,000 food insecure people in southwest Missouri each year.

“University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center is proud to ‘light up orange’ during Hunger Action Month,” General Manager Robert Henley said. “Trying to make a difference every day in the community is a fundamental pillar of the John Q. Hammons legacy of excellence.”

The Urban Districts Alliance is also programming the LED lights in the fountain at Park Central Square to “Light Up Orange” during Hunger Action Month. The goal is to help Ozarks Food Harvest encourage community members to “Speak Out Against Hunger,” this year’s theme.

Learn more about Hunger Action Month at and

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About Ozarks Food Harvest—The Food Bank
Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 250 organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 10 million meals annually to 170,000 unduplicated individuals. OFH was named the 2011 Small Business of the Year by the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and its facility, the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, recently received a Superior AIB International Food Safety Rating. Learn more at, or

About University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center
Located at 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway in the heart of downtown Springfield, Mo., University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center is owned and operated by Springfield-based John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, the largest private, independent owner and manager of hotels in the United States. The company also operates the Springfield Expo Center and The Tower Club, downtown Springfield’s premier business and social club. For more information about the University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center, go to