The largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri continues to be one of the largest annual food drives for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Ozarks Food Harvest partnered with Panera Bread and local artists to raise $1,500 at last month’s Empty Bowls event.
This was the first time since 2003 OFH hosted the event, which offered a basic meal of soup and bread from Panera in exchange for cash donations.
The seventh annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee drive collected 45,000 pounds of food — the most ever raised by McDonald’s of the Ozarks. The food drive hadn’t brought in more than 36,000 pounds since 2011, and it surpassed this year’s goal of 30,000 pounds, the equivalent of 25,000 meals.