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Denise Gibson: Taking action against hunger

November 1, 2017 in From Denise's Desk

 

Hunger Action Month is one of the best months of the year here at Ozarks Food Harvest.

The month is all about taking an action to help our neighbors in need, whether that is collecting food or funds, volunteering or advocating for our mission.

We share with you all year about the one in five kids and one in seven adults who struggle with hunger. September affords so many opportunities to help those folks and is a great way for first time donors to get involved in our mission.

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New program provides milk to agencies

New program provides milk to agencies

October 30, 2017 in Agency Spotlight Major giving

This summer, Ozarks Food Harvest began a new partnership with Hiland Dairy to provide fresh milk to pantries and feeding sites.

Hiland provides milk at a deep discount to hunger-relief agencies through the Milk to My Plate Program and delivers the milk right to the agencies’ doors.

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Thanksgiving race helps those in need

Thanksgiving race helps those in need

October 20, 2017 in Get Involved

For the past 22 years, hundreds of people in southwest Missouri have come together on Thanksgiving Day for Turkey Trot.

This fun Thanksgiving tradition doubles as a food drive, and has collected more than 85,500 pounds of food for The Food Bank since 2001. Last year’s race alone provided over 6,600 meals! Do your part by donating five nonperishable food items at the 5K starting at 8 a.m. on Nov. 23.

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Hungerthon donations sponsor 451 children

Hungerthon donations sponsor 451 children

October 17, 2017 in Major giving

Community members and businesses across the Ozarks came together last month to provide 451 at-risk kids with nutritious meals every weekend of the school year.

Ozarks Food Harvest and iHeartMedia’s 19th annual Hungerthon collected $135,209 for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program.

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Retired professor gives back

Retired professor gives back

October 12, 2017 in Volunteer Spotlight

Retired professor Don Landon sums up the importance of volunteering as “a way of not only expressing your gratitude for the opportunities that the community gave you as you grew up and worked, but it’s also a way to continue to fulfill your sense of worth in life.”

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Special education teacher devotes her summer to giving back

Special education teacher devotes her summer to giving back

August 11, 2017 in Volunteer Spotlight

Special education teacher Libbey McDaniel has spent multiple days a week volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest this summer.

As a teacher for 21 years, McDaniel has seen firsthand the need for food assistance as some of her students have received help through the Weekend Backpack Program. She wanted to find some way to give back and put her compassion into action outside of the classroom.

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Garden seeks volunteers

Garden seeks volunteers

July 24, 2017 in Get Involved

This growing season has been off to a great start for Ozarks Food Harvest’s Full Circle Gardens program. So far, Glean Team volunteers have harvested 2,010 pounds of produce from Ozarks Food Harvest’s garden, and nearly 1,900 pounds of produce from Second Baptist’s Victory Garden.

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