One in five children and one in seven adults in the Ozarks struggle with hunger. To raise awareness and combat the issue, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Feeding America and Ozarks Food Harvest are kicking off the sixth annual nationwide Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign online and in stores.
To celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Month, we’re recognizing all volunteers who have donated 20+ hours of time to fighting hunger in the Ozarks. We are so thankful for each hour that you have sorted, packed, organized and distributed food for families facing hunger!
Hunger among young children, adults and seniors is discussed frequently—but what about hunger among the teen population?
At Ozarks Food Harvest, food safety is a top priority. We provide 17 million meals through our programs and hunger relief partners each year—and we go to great measures to ensure that all of the food for those meals is completely safe for consumption.
The volunteer community is integral to Ozarks Food Harvest’s mission. Each week, hundreds of volunteers step through the doors of The Food Bank to help make the Ozarks a better place to live.
The Faith for Life Sunday School class from Campbell United Methodist Church began giving back to the community by volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest five years ago.
Each weekday morning, the OATS Transit bus picks up dozens of seniors from their homes and brings them to Southside Senior Center in Springfield. Upon arrival, the seniors participate in exercise classes, play cards with friends, read books and enjoy a meal together.
For years, restaurant owner Joan Cotter served leftovers to hungry families at the end of the day. When she made the difficult decision to close her doors, she wanted to make sure struggling families still had food to put on the table at the end of the day.
The competition was tight among 71 schools and local partnering businesses that participated in this year’s annual Springfield Public Schools Food Fight.
At the beginning of 2016, Stephanie Luhm made a different type of New Year’s Resolution. She decided to focus on helping others, rather than focusing on herself.