When they’re not opening bank accounts, depositing credit slips and helping customers, they are volunteering. Since they started working with us in 2016, Central Bank employees have donated more than 500 hours of their time to The Food Bank.
In southwest Missouri, far too many people struggle with hunger. Even more people are going hungry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This September, you can help raise awareness—and provide meals—by participating in Hunger Action Month.
Jamie, a member of the Elevate Work program, heads to class on Monday and Wednesday nights, learns valuable job skills and receives a hot dinner. On Tuesday, his daughter, Katie, attends the after-school reading program and eats dinner there with her friends. Jamie receives a hand-delivered sack lunch from Elevate Branson on Thursday. And on Sunday, he stops by for an optional church service and eats a hot breakfast.
After 38 years at The Coca-Cola Company, Kim Burton retired. As she filled her days with cleaning and organizing her home, she quickly decided she wanted to do more. Lucky for us, Kim came to volunteer at The Food Bank and has been helping out since the end of 2019.
Fighting local hunger would not be possible without relationships with the community. The way The Food Bank achieves this is through cause marketing, or partnering with local businesses and organizations. These partnerships offer fundraising opportunities and raise awareness about the issue of hunger.
A key goal of The Independent Living Center (TILC) is self-reliance. The center supports individuals with disabilities in the Ozarks and hopes to give them lives of greater independence.
Are you looking for an activity for the whole family? Do you want to support your community during this hard time? Head to Lucas Oil Speedway on Saturday, July 25, to see dirt racing and make an impact on local hunger.
Every school year, more than 1,600 at-risk children in the Ozarks receive food through our Weekend Backpack Program. After classes were canceled, we worked closely with our school partners to ensure that these children would continue to receive weekend meals.
The last few months have been quite challenging for our communities here in the Ozarks. Our friends and neighbors—many who have never been in need of food assistance before—have struggled to stay afloat.
Kathryn is passionate about education and has served as a full-time substitute teacher in the Ozarks for several years.