Throughout November, blood donors can help give life in southwest Missouri through the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
At Ozarks Food Harvest, we are always looking for opportunities to support our 270 member agencies. This network includes a variety of food pantries, shelters, senior centers and schools across southwest Missouri.
Many of these agencies are completely run by volunteers, and support from Ozarks Food Harvest is essential as they work hard
to provide food for those in need. A variety of generous grants allow us to equip our partners with the tools they need to provide meals for their hungry neighbors. With food insecurity remaining high in the Ozarks, the ability for agencies to distribute more food is critical.
Hunger Action Month is one of my favorite times of year at Ozarks Food Harvest. September is filled with community partnerships, food and fund drives and exciting events, all benefiting The Food Bank.
We were extremely blessed to partner with a variety of local businesses this year. Bambinos, The Coffee Ethic, Crave Cookie Dough, Farm 2 Counter, MaMa Jean’s and Neighbor’s Mill all donated proceeds from specific items to Ozarks Food Harvest.
As I’m writing this, Congress is currently ironing out the final details of the upcoming Farm Bill to be voted on by the House and the Senate.
For those who don’t know, the Farm Bill is the major food and farm legislation revisited by Congress every five years. The bill is vital to Ozarks Food Harvest because of how it influences federal nutrition program funding. Programs utilized at The Food Bank such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or food stamps) and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP or Senior Food box program) are all affected by this important piece of legislation.
Week in and week out, dozens of volunteers arrive at The Food Bank for their regularly-scheduled shifts. In August, two of these dedicated volunteers surpassed 1,000 hours of service with Ozarks Food Harvest.
In September, The Food Bank and iHeartMedia’s 105.9 KGBX were joined by community members and local businesses to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program. The 20th annual Hungerthon collected $140,168, which will provide 467 hungry children with nutritious meals for every weekend of the school year.
October is National Pasta Month! The Food Bank is celebrating by collecting pasta items in a month-long food drive. Donors will have the chance to win a swag bag.
Join us for the fifth annual Empty Bowls event! Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are raising awareness of hunger while supporting The Food Bank’s feeding programs. To participate, stop by Panera on Sept. 28 to make a donation and receive a ceramic or wooden bowl handcrafted by a local artist as well as a meal of soup and bread.
As a teacher, Amy Viets always looks forward to the summer months—but she isn’t just excited about taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year.
Thank you to everyone who supported Ozarks Food Harvest at Lucas Oil Speedway! The food drive collected a total of 5,060 pounds.