Our Programs

We distribute food and funds to 270 nonprofits monthly, WHILE OPERATING several ADDITIONAL programS

Ozarks Food Harvest receives, processes and distributes enough food for nearly 2 million meals each month. That’s enough food to fill 73 semi-trucks, carrying $2.75 million worth of groceries to a network of 270 charities, and that’s every month. The majority of the food received at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, the home of Ozarks Food Harvest, is donated. These donations are inspected and repacked by about 1,650 volunteers each year. Last year, The Food Bank infused more than $37 million into the Ozarks’ economy, making Ozarks Food Harvest the largest umbrella charity in southwest Missouri, providing the most resources to nonprofits in the region.

The Food Bank also offers six feeding programs and two additional donation programs, beyond food distribution for a network of partners across 28 counties.

  • 75

    Semi-trucks of food

    valued at $2.5 million are distributed monthly

  • $36.8M

    Infused into the Ozarks

    by Ozarks Food Harvest each and every year, and it's growing

  • 270

    Network partners

    work together to Transform Hunger into Hope

Children's Programs

  • Backpack

    The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program provides food insecure children with a bag of nutritious, child-friendly food for them to take home over the weekends, when they might otherwise go hungry.

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  • After-School Food

    During the school year, The Food Bank's After-School Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to children who would otherwise go home to an empty dinner plate.

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  • Summer Food

    Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the school year are also at risk of hunger during the summer months.

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Family and Senior Programs

  • Mobile Food Pantry

    Ozarks Food Harvest's pantry on wheels delivers bulk loads of food to central locations in rural areas, or to member food pantries that do not have adequate freezer or cooler space.

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  • Senior Food

    Supplementing the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA food at 33 locations across the Ozarks, this program provides more than 3,600 eligible seniors with healthy food through senior centers, churches and pantries.

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  • SNAP

    Ozarks Food Harvest conducts SNAP, or food stamp, outreach across 28 Missouri counties to educate those who are eligible to receive benefits about the application process.

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Donation Programs

  • Retail Pick-Up Program

    Every week, Food Bank drivers pick up donations from more than 100 area grocers.

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  • Full Circle Gardens

    This program provides food pantries, feeding sites and clients fresh, nutritious produce.

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