Together we are Transforming Hunger into Hope
Thank you for your hard work on the frontlines of hunger-relief! Ozarks Food Harvest member agencies, including food pantries, feeding sites and other partner organizations, have many benefits. In addition to food, funds and training provided by Ozarks Food Harvest, your agency can access food safety information and other resources online to help your mission.Order Login
Food safety is first
Food and non-food items donated to Ozarks Food Harvest are carefully handled and tracked throughout the distribution process, so that product retrieval is possible in the event of a recall.
The O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief is AIB certified and has earned two Superior ratings. As a Feeding America food bank, OFH adheres to the same guidelines grocers and manufacturers must follow. Many OFH food bankers are also ServSafe certified.
All OFH member agencies must be trained in food safety
This Feeding America requirement is for at least one staff member at each agency. The Food Bank offers its Food Safety Training twice each year for all network members. The course is held at Ozarks Food Harvest, 2810 N. Cedarbrook in Springfield. To register for an upcoming Food Safety Training, select one of the two annual course dates listed. Click the date to complete your registration.
If your organization has a team member who has already earned a food safety training certificate—via ServSafe or the local health department—simply scan and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, mail or fax a copy of the certificate to OFH, P.O. Box 5746, Springfield, MO 65801-5746 or (417) 865-0504.
OFH offers product extensions and inspection guidelines
As you should know, the FDA allows manufacturers to stamp products with an “expiration date;” however, in most instances, this date is no way intended to be a “food safety date.” The date actually helps the seller determine how long to keep the product on display and to help the consumer use the product when it is of best quality. To determine if food donations are still safe to consume, view OFH’s Product Extension dates.
If volunteers are inspecting donations made to your agency on-site, review Ozarks Food Harvest’s Inspection Guidelines made available to all Food Bank volunteers. Utilizing these guidelines will more consistently yield a safe and quality product. It can increase your client satisfaction and help to efficiently train your volunteers.
Is your agency in compliance?
Are your refrigerators and freezers maintaining proper temperatures? Is your food stored properly? Is your Civil Rights poster visible to your clients? These questions and others are addressed during when Ozarks Food Harvest staff visit your agency for routine monitoring.
View the form Food Bank staff utilizes during the member monitoring process. View OFH’s Agency Membership & Release Agreement. All members are required to send at least one staff, board member or volunteer to The Food Bank’s annual conference for its agency partners.
RECIPES WITH PANTRY CLIENTS IN MIND
For low-income and food-insecure individuals and families, choosing and preparing Foods to Encourage can be as difficult as accessing these foods. Some recipes—although very nutritious—might call for expensive, less common pantry items, or require inaccessible kitchen tools. When on a limited budget, it can be difficult to find healthy recipes that are also inexpensive to prepare. The Hub’s recipes have been evaluated with the needs and barriers in mind for individuals and families experiencing food insecurity.Learn MoreAccess the Hub's Recipes
TEFAP RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE
If your TEFAP agency is in need of tangible applications and reports, to return by the 5th of each month, they are available here for you. Call (417) 380-5007 or email for questions.
- TEFAP Manual
- FD 15A Part 1 Application for Receipt of TEFAP Foods Eligibility Criteria
- FD 15A Part 2 Application for Receipt of TEFAP Foods Signature Page
- Aplicación para la recepción de TEFAP Foods criterios de elegibilidad
- Aplicación para la recepción de TEFAP Alimentos Página de Firma
- USDA Foods Listing for Calendar Year 2015
- TEFAP Pantry Monthly Report Card
BUILD A HEALTHIER DIET WITH ONLINE RESOURCES AND TOOLS
The MyPlate icon illustrates the five food groups that are the building blocks for a healthy diet. As Americans are experiencing epidemic rates of obesity, the online resources and tools at ChooseMyPlate.gov can empower people to make healthier food choices.Learn More
Visit Ozarks Food Harvest’s Resource Center
If you haven’t been to your Food Bank yet, consider scheduling a tour! You’ll find OFH has a space especially for member agencies that’s continually restocked with new helpful information for your organization.
Need recipes for donations of winter vegetables? Email OFH to request printed recipes to provide with beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, parsnips, radishes, turnips, sweet potatoes and peas. Clients not sure what to do with squash donations? Request OFH’s “Squash Out Hunger” recipes that call for butternut, acorn, spaghetti or pumpkin squash. These can also be emailed or printed and delivered. Similar resources are available at The Food Bank and all materials are available for order at no cost.
- Sugar Panels—Sugar facts are presented on an 11″x17″ poster. Order to display in your agency.
- Burn Baby Burn—How many calories do you burn when you’re cleaning? How about when you’re fishing? These activities & others are featured on an 11″x17″ laminated poster. Order to display in your agency. Learn how many calories you burn according to your weight.
- Proper Portions—What do a baseball, a deck of cards & a computer mouse all have in common? The Food Bank has an 11″x17″ laminated poster available for display to help clients understand portion control for weight loss and to maintain weight. They’re items you can use to determine portion sizes & maintain portion control. Order display.
Please allow two to four weeks to process your request for printing of posters available for order, pickup or delivery. Limit two posters per agency, please.
OZARKS FOOD HARVEST IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SUPPORT TO ITS MEMBERS
Ozarks Food Harvest announced Hunger Challenge 5 last fall. Thanks to the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program, OFH member pantries, in good standing, had a chance to receive a portion of $40,000. The funding was to be used as a Challenge Grant for hunger-relief across the Ozarks. Applications were due Sept. 19, 2014. This funding opportunity is now closed.
Hunger Challenge 4 reports are due March 31, 2015. This was for the granting period of Oct. 1, 2013 – April 1, 2014.
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) mandates that Civil Rights training be conducted annually to inform and update state and local agency staff and volunteers of their obligations under Civil Rights laws and regulations.
- Every OFH member agency must keep documentation that all staff and volunteers have been trained. Use the Civil Rights Training Volunteer Sign-in to record all those trained at your agency and retain on-site with agency records.
- The Food Bank will automatically receive each agency’s online testing results, as well as the key personnel who have been trained.
The Food Bank’s self-paced manual contains detailed information about Civil Rights policies and serves as a guideline for protecting the rights of all program participants.
Before completing the 10-question test, agency staff may go back and review any section at any time. This method of learning allows participants to move at his or her own pace before the due date provided by Ozarks Food Harvest.
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410. Or, call (866) 632-9992. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
All of Ozarks Food Harvest’s partner agencies comply with a non-discrimination policy and are prohibited from refusing service to anyone based on race, creed, religious or political affiliation, gender or sexual preferences. Agencies are also prohibited from requiring participation in any religious services or activities in exchange for Ozarks Food Harvest’s food or services.