Each year, more than 260,000 people receive food assistance through The Food Bank. But that number grew significantly in 2020.
In 2020, thousands of donors stepped up to support The Food Bank. Individuals showed their support by making donations, hosting fundraisers, collecting nonperishable food and volunteering with us throughout the year.
Several years ago, Jeff and his wife Margaret joined the Reaching Independence through Support and Education (RISE) program through the Drew Lewis Foundation. RISE originated with the Northwest Project, a fiveyear campaign to pilot anti-poverty strategies in Springfield neighborhoods. The couple had been living in survival mode, feeling overwhelmed by the bills that remained unpaid at the end of every month.
This month, we’re taking the opportunity to highlight the work of several of the churches that volunteer with The Food Bank on a monthly basis. We’re extremely grateful for the members of Campbell UMC’s Faith for Life group, King’s Way UMC and Wesley UMC for the time they have spent providing meals through Ozarks Food Harvest.
We are so grateful for every business, school, church, organization, family and individual that hosted a fund and food drive last year! Together, these partners helped provide 887,477 meals! During such a difficult year, this support was truly incredible.
MUNCH is so much more than a food pantry to many families in Willow Springs. The organization has been serving the community for more than three decades by providing food, low-cost clothing items and scholarships.
Volunteers are absolutely critical to Ozarks Food Harvest, and we ask you to sign up for a session today! Groups are welcome and needed. We have an especially urgent need to fill in our weekday afternoon sessions at the warehouse.
Host a fundraiser anytime between now and March 12 to help provide meals for food-insecure children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri. Every dollar raised will help provide $10 worth of groceries.
Employees at Mercy Hospital support the community from both inside and outside the hospital walls.
Harbor House, a long-term intervention program of the Salvation Army of Springfield, provides a safe and nurturing place for men that are homeless. In this program, men are challenged to maintain sobriety, work toward a college education, entre the workforce, receive counseling and so much more.