Becky Sattler, a wife and grandmother, manages the Miller Christian Service Center Food Pantry. Her passion for volunteering has spilled over into the rest of her family. Her husband joins her at the center, as do their grandkids whenever possible. Other retirees work with her to make a difference in their local community. High schoolers also donate their time to give out food with the organization. Many benefit from the unity and support this agency provides to people in need.
Ozarks Food Harvest is extremely thankful for every individual, foundation and business that contributed during the 22nd annual Hungerthon. The Food Bank and iHeartRadio Springfield teamed up with the community to raise funds for the Weekend Backpack Program. The four-day radiothon collected a record-breaking $253,426, which will provide 704 children with nutritious meals and snacks every weekend of the school year.
When they’re not opening bank accounts, depositing credit slips and helping customers, they are volunteering. Since they started working with us in 2016, Central Bank employees have donated more than 500 hours of their time to The Food Bank.
In southwest Missouri, far too many people struggle with hunger. Even more people are going hungry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This September, you can help raise awareness—and provide meals—by participating in Hunger Action Month.
Jamie, a member of the Elevate Work program, heads to class on Monday and Wednesday nights, learns valuable job skills and receives a hot dinner. On Tuesday, his daughter, Katie, attends the after-school reading program and eats dinner there with her friends. Jamie receives a hand-delivered sack lunch from Elevate Branson on Thursday. And on Sunday, he stops by for an optional church service and eats a hot breakfast.
After 38 years at The Coca-Cola Company, Kim Burton retired. As she filled her days with cleaning and organizing her home, she quickly decided she wanted to do more. Lucky for us, Kim came to volunteer at The Food Bank and has been helping out since the end of 2019.
Fighting local hunger would not be possible without relationships with the community. The way The Food Bank achieves this is through cause marketing, or partnering with local businesses and organizations. These partnerships offer fundraising opportunities and raise awareness about the issue of hunger.
A key goal of The Independent Living Center (TILC) is self-reliance. The center supports individuals with disabilities in the Ozarks and hopes to give them lives of greater independence.
Are you looking for an activity for the whole family? Do you want to support your community during this hard time? Head to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, July 25, to see dirt racing and make an impact on local hunger.
Every school year, more than 1,600 at-risk children in the Ozarks receive food through our Weekend Backpack Program. After classes were canceled, we worked closely with our school partners to ensure that these children would continue to receive weekend meals.