Week in and week out, dozens of volunteers arrive at The Food Bank for their regularly-scheduled shifts. In August, two of these dedicated volunteers surpassed 1,000 hours of service with Ozarks Food Harvest.
In September, The Food Bank and iHeartMedia’s 105.9 KGBX were joined by community members and local businesses to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Program. The 20th annual Hungerthon collected $140,168, which will provide 467 hungry children with nutritious meals for every weekend of the school year.
October is National Pasta Month! The Food Bank is celebrating by collecting pasta items in a month-long food drive. Donors will have the chance to win a swag bag.
Join us for the fifth annual Empty Bowls event! Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are raising awareness of hunger while supporting The Food Bank’s feeding programs. To participate, stop by Panera on Sept. 28 to make a donation and receive a ceramic or wooden bowl handcrafted by a local artist as well as a meal of soup and bread.
As a teacher, Amy Viets always looks forward to the summer months—but she isn’t just excited about taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year.
Thank you to everyone who supported Ozarks Food Harvest at Lucas Oil Speedway! The food drive collected a total of 5,060 pounds.
On June 28, Ozarks Food Harvest was privileged to partner with 12 local businesses for the United Way of the Ozarks Day of Caring.
Nearly two years have passed since the Zone 1 Blitz began in northwest Springfield. During the blitz, over 300 organizations— including Ozarks Food Harvest—committed to help improve the lives of residents in the northwest quadrant of Springfield. Projects included weatherization upgrades for homes, new sidewalk construction, bus stop additions, an expansion of affordable internet access and an increase to food access across Zone 1.
Throughout the month, Ozarks Food Harvest and other hunger-relief organizations across the country will shed light on food insecurity and how the community can help.
According to the latest Map the Meal Gap data from Feeding America, 19.6 percent of children in southwest Missouri are food insecure. That amounts to 50,590 kids under the age of 18 that might not know where their next meal will come from.
Many of these children rely on free or reduced-price meals at school throughout the year. But when school closes for the summer, fear and hunger can set in.