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Artists: Make an impact through Empty Bowls

April 21, 2017 in Get Involved

Ozarks Food Harvest is partnering with Panera Bread for Empty Bowls 2017. The annual event, set for Sept. 29, 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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Denise Gibson: IRA gifts can make big impact

April 17, 2017 in From Denise's Desk Harvest Time Newsletter

Denise 10Have you heard of the great opportunity for those who are over age 70 1/2? You are able to make tax-free charitable gifts from your IRA to fulfill your minimum distribution requirement!

IRA tax-free charitable contributions have been a temporary feature of IRAs since 2006, but they have become permanent thanks to a 2015 appropriations bill. Now is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity to avoid being taxed on the minimum distribution requirement placed on those ages 70 1/2 and older.

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Charlie O’Reilly: Rescued food program provides millions of meals

April 15, 2017 in Charlie's Corner Harvest Time Newsletter

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

Each year, Americans throw away billions of pounds of food. Up to 40 percent of all food grown, processed and transported in the U.S. will never be consumed.

With one in four people in the Ozarks accessing food assistance, it’s hard to understand how so many people can be hungry, yet so much perfectly edible food is never ending up on dinner plates.

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Couple enjoys donating time together

Couple enjoys donating time together

April 13, 2017 in Volunteer Spotlight

Husband and wife duo Cindy and Mike McKnelly bring energy to Ozarks Food Harvest when they volunteer. Although the Tuesday night volunteer session begins at 6 p.m., their positive and joyful spirits would lead onlookers to believe that their day was just beginning.

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Bart Brown: Volunteers key to mission

April 3, 2017 in Bart's Hope Notes Harvest Time Newsletter

View More: http://twintownstudios.pass.us/ozark-food-harvestIt’s April, and at Ozarks Food Harvest, that means we’re celebrating volunteers in honor of National Volunteer Appreciation Month.

We simply would not be able to provide 15 million meals each year without the hard work of thousands of volunteers who donate their time.

Their dedication is inspiring to all of us who work at The Food Bank.

Many of you have volunteered with us before, but if you haven’t, I’d encourage you to give it a try.

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Bart Brown: Growth vital to meet need

February 16, 2017 in Bart's Hope Notes Harvest Time Newsletter

View More: http://twintownstudios.pass.us/ozark-food-harvestThis summer will mark eight years since moving into our distribution facility, the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. The move was the result of a four-year capital campaign that was only possible because of the generosity of so many, including you, our supporter and friend.

Although it doesn’t seem that long ago, it’s incredible to think about the growth we have been able to achieve because of the space afforded to us in our current building. In summer 2009, we had just ended a fiscal year where we distributed nearly seven million pounds of food. This year we’re on track to provide more than 17 million pounds of food.

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Charlie O’Reilly: Your support of capital campaign provides hope

February 16, 2017 in Charlie's Corner Harvest Time Newsletter

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

Along with my friends at Ozarks Food Harvest, I want to share how pleased I am to be a part of the Ending Hunger, Building Hope capital campaign. This is an opportunity for important growth to meet the needs of the men, women and children in southwest Missouri who struggle with the harsh reality of hunger.

More than 10 years ago I became involved with the original capital campaign to build Ozarks Food Harvest’s current facility. My family and I realized the great need for a larger food bank with more space to accept and process donations and better equipment to serve the need. With this in mind, my family made a gift to support that critical campaign.

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