US Army collects food at local Walmart stores for OFH

January 23, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Local US Army officials will collect food and supplies for Ozarks Food Harvest on Saturday, January 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wal-Mart Supercenters on E. Independence and N. Kansas in Springfield.

Officials are asking shoppers to purchase additional groceries for the needy this month. The crews at each location will put shoppers’ donations in the on-site trucks, and deliver to The Food Bank which serves 29 counties across the Ozarks. Individuals will also scout for food in area neighborhoods.

“Donations we receive at the beginning-of-the-year are so vital for those we serve every month, Lindsey Neddenriep, the food bank’s public relations coordinator said. “While most people plan their futures at the start of the New Year, this is just an impossible luxury for the nearly 150,000 people who live in poverty in southwest Missouri.”

According to Neddenriep, Ozarks Food Harvest is in need of food items rich in protein such as canned tuna, chicken and salmon. Other requested canned and boxed foods include soup, chili, stew and macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta and rice, canned fruits, cereal, and fruit juice are also needed.

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To learn more, contact Lindsey Neddenriep at (417) 865-3411.