After-School Food Program

Sometimes we run out of food at home. It makes me sad. I don't tell my mom and dad. I just eat as much as I can at school and the club. Clark, age 10

Free meals are provided to food insecure children

Ozarks Food Harvest works to feed children who often go home to empty dinner plates. These children rely on their schools’ free and reduced meal programs for their daily nutrition. After hours, they eat at an OFH-sponsored After-School Food Program. These sites provide free meals and snacks to children, after school, at a variety of community locations where kids already congregate such as Boys & Girls Clubs, churches, schools and community centers.

  • 700+


    Served 5 nights a week

  • 95k+

    Meals & snacks

    Provided annually

  • 26


    Offer OFH meals to children

Meet Kate, the girl with the bellyache

1 in 5 children in the Ozarks are at risk of going to bed hungry

The children served also receive instruction on meal serving, preparation and clean-up, in hopes of instilling responsibility, self-worth and community mindfulness in their lives. Over half the schools in Ozarks Food Harvest’s service area have more than a 50 percent free and reduced meal rate, and many are higher than 90 percent! You can help feed a child like Kate simply by providing a healthy meal. Just one dollar will provide five meals to someone in need.


After-School Sites

Barry County

  • Monett Area YMCA, Central Park Elementary
  • Monett Area YMCA, Monett Elementary
  • Cassville YMCA, Cassville Elementary

Barton County

  • About Our Kids Youth Development, Louis & Loretta Wolf Building
  • Nathan’s Place

Cedar County

  • El Dorado Springs Elementary

Greene County

  • Springfield Community Center
  • Central Christian Church
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Henderson Unit*
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Musgrave Unit*
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield, Stalnaker Unit*

Jasper County

  • Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri
  • Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, Webb City Junior High
  • Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, Webster Elementary
  • Fair Acres YMCA Kidz in Motion, Steadley Elementary

Lawrence County

  • Monett Area YMCA Prime Time, Pate Early Childhoold Center

Newton County

  • Fair Acres YMCA Kidz in Motion, Diamond Elementary

Polk County

  • Roy Blunt YMCA of Bolivar

Stone County

  • Boys & Girls Club Reeds Spring*

Taney County

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Shirley M. Schaefer Unit*
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Ozarks, Lake Taneycomo Elks Unit*

Webster County

  • Ozarks Family YMCA Seymour Branch

Wright County

  • Ann Short Turner Community Center
  • Ozarks Family YMCA Mountain Grove Branch

Sites listed include six non-sponsored partners and twenty OFH-sponsored program sites. Meals provided by non-sponsored sites, indicated with an asterisk, are not included in this program’s totals. If your organization is interested in becoming a partner site, contact Ozarks Food Harvest at (417) 865-3411.

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.