If you asked ten-year-old Chy what the effects of food insecurity are, she’d be able to tell you.
Improving federal child nutrition programs is one of the best ways to ensure children don’t go to bed hungry. This is important as an estimated 219,000 Missouri children face hunger in 2021.
As the only food bank in southwest Missouri, Ozarks Food Harvest is the primary source of food for a network of 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 counties in Missouri. This means the network depends on the food they receive from us every month. We rely on them to distribute that food to the thousands of individuals facing hunger across the Ozarks. It is our job to supply the food, but we do a lot more.
Hunger Action Month is always an exciting time at the Food Bank. Each September, we partner with local businesses and ask them to take action against hunger. Whether they choose to host fund drives, offer special promotions or raise awareness through social media, our partners demonstrate a passion to Transform Hunger into Hope.
Missouri State University is an important part of our community. And volunteering is an important part of the campus culture.
A woman experiencing homelessness came to Community Outreach Ministries in Bolivar for food assistance. She not only received the food she needed, but she also worked with a case manager to help pull herself out of homelessness.
Hunger Action Month is Ozarks Food Harvest’s annual advocacy and education campaign. Community members and business partners help The Food Bank bring attention to the issue of hunger in southwest Missouri.
During Dewayne Cossey’s first visit to The Food Bank, he read a testimonial on the volunteer bulletin board from a child who had been helped by Ozarks Food Harvest.
The Ozark County Food Pantry has a new facility, which has allowed it to provide nutritious food to even more families and individuals across its service area.
Have you ever wondered what happens to food that’s no longer viable for retail sales but is still safe to eat? Instead of letting it go to waste, Ozarks Food Harvest rescues the food and gives it to individuals and families experiencing hunger in southwest Missouri.