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Charlie O’Reilly: Report highlights good work at ofh

April 20, 2016 in Charlie's Corner

Charlie's Corner3Greetings from the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief!

Each spring, the team at Ozarks Food Harvest produces an honor roll of donors and annual report that highlights the great work made possible by the many loyal supporters of The Food Bank.

I’ll share with you just some of the highlights that I enjoyed reading, but please pick up a copy of your own at Ozarks Food Harvest or read it online.

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Bart Brown: Giving motivated by need, personal stories

April 20, 2016 in Bart's Hope Notes

View More: http://twintownstudios.pass.us/ozark-food-harvestOzarks Food Harvest’s donors are simply incredible. We could not do what we do without you. Your care for the Ozarks and those who are struggling with hunger is unmatched.

I know that each gift of yourself and your treasure to The Food Bank is a sacrifice. You are choosing to spend your valuable time and hard-earned dollars helping others. I hope you know how thankful we are.

Here at Ozarks Food Harvest, we wanted to learn more about what makes you want to give and why you are concerned for your struggling neighbors.

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Fish Drive reels in nearly 1,000 pounds

Fish Drive reels in nearly 1,000 pounds

April 10, 2016 in Harvest Time Newsletter

During Lent, Ozarks Food Harvest asked area churches and community partners to collect fish in cans or pouches for the second annual Fish Drive, a food drive focused on donations of high-protein fish.

The eight churches and organizations that participated collected a total of 929 pounds of food — providing 774 meals for children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. This exceeded last year’s total by 360 pounds.

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Veteran continues service by volunteering

Veteran continues service by volunteering

April 5, 2016 in Volunteer Spotlight

Jacob Waggoner went straight from high school to serving his country, and today he continues his service at home by helping to feed his hungry neighbors.

After retiring from the U.S. Marine Corps, Waggoner moved to Springfield to attend college at Missouri State University. That’s when he learned that thousands of people in the Ozarks struggle with hunger.

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Check Out Hunger raises over $31,700

Check Out Hunger raises over $31,700

March 30, 2016 in Donation drive Harvest Time Newsletter

2.1 million meals served since the 17th annual fundraiser began

Nearly 60 area grocery stores partnered with Ozarks Food Harvest during the holiday season for the 17th annual Check Out Hunger, raising $31,763 for people in need across southwest Missouri.

This year’s campaign provided nearly 159,000 meals to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks.

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7 Billion Ones: Lou Ann’s Story

7 Billion Ones: Lou Ann’s Story

March 14, 2016 in 7 Billion Ones

My dad was a bricklayer, and mom worked front desk jobs. She came home every night to make us dinner and there was always food. I had never been poor or gone without until I found myself in need, in my late 20’s. It opened my eyes to a lot; particularly to something I had never seen.

When my husband Dave returned to school to get his Ph.D. in Physics, back in Arizona, we had three boys. After we had our  third child, we were needing more funds. We had food stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), program benefits, and medical assistance due to our low income. Those were a big help, and when we ran out of them, my husband’s parents helped us on a regular basis.

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Glean Team kicks-off third garden season

Glean Team kicks-off third garden season

March 4, 2016 in Get Involved

Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team began its third season on March 2 with volunteers preparing garden beds for crops at local community gardens.

Last season, volunteers gave over 1,400 hours planting and harvesting at area gardens and farms to provide nearly 23,000 pounds of fresh produce to children, families and seniors in need right here in the Ozarks.

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Meet Agency Director Barbara Long

March 2, 2016 in Director Spotlight

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Barbara Long began her journey with Nevada Community Outreach in 2001 as a volunteer board member. During her time as board president, the pantry’s longtime director resigned and Long was tasked with finding the pantry’s new director.

Her tiresome search lasted over a year — involving two new directors that did not remain in the position. Long had always wanted to attempt being the director, but felt overwhelmed because her mom was battling cancer.

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Calvary Chapel food pantry expands debt-free

Calvary Chapel food pantry expands debt-free

March 1, 2016 in Agency Spotlight

Before Calvary Chapel secured a new building for its food pantry, it was common to see people from nearly 300 households waiting in line outside the church to receive commodities.

The church located in Buffalo, Missouri, began its food pantry in 2011 with the expectation of serving 100 to 150 households at each monthly distribution. Within the first few months of operation, Calvary Chapel saw those numbers climb drastically.

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