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Garden program increases produce distribution

Garden program increases produce distribution

May 11, 2015 in Harvest Time Newsletter Major giving

When there isn’t enough money for groceries to last to the end of the month, struggling families often turn to less expensive, unhealthy food options.

For Pamela and her family, fresh fruit and vegetables are always the first things to go when money is tight.

“I just can’t afford it,” she shared at a recent Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry distribution in Springfield. “It’s hard on everyone.”

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Help provide more milk to families in the Ozarks

Help provide more milk to families in the Ozarks

May 5, 2015 in Cause marketing Donation drive

Ozarks Food Harvest is hosting the first-ever milk voucher fundraiser on Saturday, May 30 at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. The goal of the event, The Great American Milk Drive, is to raise funds to provide milk to Springfield children, families and seniors. Special thanks to sponsors of the Great American Milk Drive 2015, who have already donated funds to provide more than 1,400 milk vouchers to food insecure individuals locally. There are multiple opportunities to get involved and help provide more milk to families who are currently receiving, on average, less than one gallon of milk per year from Food Bank hunger-relief organizations.

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Bart Brown: Donors share what motivates giving

April 30, 2015 in Bart's Hope Notes Harvest Time Newsletter

At Ozarks Food Harvest, we rely on you to support our mission with your valued donations. We’re grateful that year after year, you choose to continue to show compassion for people struggling with hunger.

While we have heard from some of you personally on why the mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope is so dear to your heart, we wanted to, on a larger scale, ask why you give to The Food Bank. This past fall we asked some of our most loyal and generous donors to participate in our 2014 Donor Survey, which consisted of three questions.

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Denise Gibson: Food Bank debuts new site

April 30, 2015 in From Denise's Desk Harvest Time Newsletter

After nearly a year of work by Food Bank staff, I’m thrilled to announce the unveiling of a new Ozarks Food Harvest website.

Not only does the site have an improved look, but it’s also designed with you in mind. The homepage immediately grabs your attention with a looped video of our distribution center, giving you a behind the scenes look at OFH.

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Charlie O’Reilly: Award highlights The Food Bank’s good work

April 30, 2015 in Charlie's Corner Harvest Time Newsletter

Greetings from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief! I’m pleased to share with you the good news The Food Bank received last month — for the third consecutive year, Ozarks Food Harvest was awarded the highest possible rating from Charity Navigator.

Only 12 percent of charities in the country have received four star ratings for three consecutive years. This honor comes from the leading nonprofit corporation that evaluates charities across the country.

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Five Pound Apparel announces partnership with The Food Bank

Five Pound Apparel announces partnership with The Food Bank

April 20, 2015 in Cause marketing

Five Pound Apparel and Ozarks Food Harvest began a new partnership this week, both online at 5poundapparel.com and in stores.

For every T-shirt sold, 5 Pound Apparel will provide a donation to Ozarks Food Harvest to purchase five pounds of food. Children, families and seniors struggling with hunger across southwest Missouri will benefit from the partnership. This is not the first time the local retailer has raised funds for Ozarks Food Harvest, but this new initiative will provide year-round support for those in need.

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Area farmers donate 150,000 eggs

Area farmers donate 150,000 eggs

March 25, 2015 in Major giving

Just in time for Easter, Ozarks Food Harvest received a donation of 151,200 eggs from Opal Foods, headquartered in Neosho. The Food Bank has received half a million eggs from Opal Foods since the partnership began in 2008.

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Musgrave Foundation gifts $120,000 to agencies

Musgrave Foundation gifts $120,000 to agencies

March 10, 2015 in Major giving

The Musgrave Foundation granted a total of $120,000 to select Ozarks Food Harvest partners in February. The funding will be utilized for food for local hunger-relief efforts. The regional food bank, the umbrella organization of more than 200 pantries and programs, will leverage the $120,000 to $1.2 million in food distribution.

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Help Scouts with annual drive

Help Scouts with annual drive

March 9, 2015 in Food drive

Area Boy Scouts will go door-to-door to collect nonperishable food items for Ozarks Food Harvest beginning March 14. The 26th annual Scouting for Food drive will wrap-up with a one-day collection at Walmart Supercenter locations in Springfield, Ozark and Joplin.

Community members can either donate in grocery sacks left on their door, or donors can give at a local Walmart on March 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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