Because we’re committed to providing a hand up, not simply a hand out, our network of 200 hunger-relief charities provide services like nutrition education, skills classes and even promoting job fairs and helping people sign up for SNAP, all in addition to food distribution.
“I work two jobs, she’s a stay at home mom,” said Ricky. “With all the other expenses we have … a little help is needed. By the time I pay the rent and utilities and car insurance, we come up short on food often.”
Natalie and Ricky are able to get the food assistance they need at Crosslines, an Ozarks Food Harvest member pantry in Springfield.
Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 18th annual radio-thon, Hungerthon, collected a record-breaking $140,447 for the Weekend Backpack Program. The initiative provides 1,668 food insecure children with nutritious food to take home over the weekends, when school meals aren’t available and many kids go hungry.
Artists and community members came together this September for the most successful Empty Bowls yet. The third annual fundraiser held at Panera Bread raised $7,440, selling all 220 handcrafted bowls donated by nearly 60 local artists.
You may remember I wrote in last summer’s Harvest Time about the need for a strong Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act to be passed by Congress.
Unfortunately, that legislation has yet to be passed more than a year later, and a new provision added by the House would hurt hungry kids.
Over 2,000 volunteers from businesses across the Ozarks came together to help more than 100 nonprofit agencies during this year’s United Way Day of Caring.
FOOD FIGHT 2017 BEGINS JAN. 16. MORE INFO TO COME.
Springfield Public Schools will participate in Food Fight 2016, Ozarks Food Harvest’s 6th annual district-wide Food Fight competition, Sept. 15 – Oct. 31, with a goal of 45,000 pounds.
When Melanie Webb worked at the cafeteria in the Marshfield Public School system, she saw first-hand the benefits children receive when they have enough to eat at school.
However, before the school introduced the standardized lunch cards, Webb watched kids go hungry that were too embarrassed to get the free or reduced lunches.
Ozarks Food Harvest’s Full Circle Gardens Program has provided thousands of pounds of harvested produce from local gardens to families in need so far this season!
Hosted annually by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive.