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Five Pound Apparel partnership provides meals to area families

Five Pound Apparel partnership provides meals to area families

July 16, 2015 in Cause marketing Harvest Time Newsletter

Five Pound Apparel began a new partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest this year. For every T-shirt sold, the local retailer will provide a donation for Ozarks Food Harvest to purchase just over five pounds of food.

To date, over 1,706 shirts have been sold, equating to 9,383 pounds of food that OFH provided to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. This is not the first time the local retailer has raised funds for The Food Bank, but this new initiative will provide year-round support for those in need.

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Local elementary kids fight hunger

Local elementary kids fight hunger

July 16, 2015 in Donation drive Food drive Harvest Time Newsletter

Local elementary students stepped up to fight hunger in the Ozarks this spring.

First grade students at Field Elementary donated $1,519.58 to The Food Bank. The students raised the funds by making crafts and selling them at a school-wide market.

The fourth-grade classes at Field created 39 pottery bowls and donated them to help raise awareness of hunger in the Ozarks through the Empty Bowls 2015 event in September. They also collected 29 pounds of food for people in need.

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Stamp Out Hunger sets record

Stamp Out Hunger sets record

July 16, 2015 in Food drive Harvest Time Newsletter

This year Stamp Out Hunger collected almost 71 million pounds of food nationwide in support of local food banks. Hosted annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in America.

“Hunger affects every community in the country,” said Fredric Rolando, NALC president. “At least six days a week, our letter carriers are a local touch point in communities everywhere and we are thrilled to be able to support our neighbors in need though the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.”

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Makeover sets Crimson House ahead of curve

Makeover sets Crimson House ahead of curve

July 10, 2015 in Agency Spotlight Major giving

During most of the week, the Girls Room at Crimson House is filled with chairs, tables and … girls. But twice a month, when the church hosts its C-Street Connect food pantry, it is filled with fresh food and volunteers.

Used as the cold food distribution center on pantry days, the room had been dark and dreary with insufficient lighting. Thanks to Keller Williams Real Estate, Crimson House was selected to benefit from its annual Red Day program. The room has been transformed with bright pink walls, uplifting messages and plenty of light.

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Artists: Make an impact with Empty Bowls 2015

Artists: Make an impact with Empty Bowls 2015

June 1, 2015 in Donation drive

Ozarks Food Harvest is partnering with Panera Bread for Empty Bowls 2015. The annual event, set for Sept. 25, raises awareness of hunger in southwest Missouri.

For a donation to OFH, event-goers receive soup, a baguette and art to take home. The creations, ranging from pottery to carved wood, are meant to serve as a reminder of the thousands of “empty bowls” found on dinner tables across the Ozarks each night.

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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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