35 percent of the meals Ozarks Food Harvest provides comes from area retail partners
The Food Bank coordinates pick-ups of product donations from dozens of local grocers every week. These donations account for roughly 5.75 million pounds of food that Ozarks Food Harvest distributes annually. Rescuing food before it goes to waste, OFH quickly delivers the product to its network of pantries and food programs to benefit those in need.
Retail Pick-Up donations include fresh produce, frozen meat, dairy and other perishable goods, as well as nonperishable products. It’s often food that does not meet standards for retail sales but is still safe for consumption. Paper goods and hygiene items that might have packaging defects are also donated. All of these products are carefully inspected and sorted at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief before being passed to consumers.
Every week, Food Bank drivers or pantry staff picks up donations from nearly 70 area retailers, including these partners.
Twenty-four Supercenters are connected directly to OFH member pantries who pick-up the donations in their communities. OFH picks up from eight in the Springfield area.
Donations from the Walmart Neighborhood Market locations are picked up by The Food Bank and partners weekly.
Food Bank and pantry staff pick up donations from Aldi stores across the Ozarks.
OFH agencies in communities such as Bolivar and Nevada participate in this donation program.
Food Bank partners in Ash Grove, Billings, Nixa & Republic pick up from stores in Willard, Ozark, Clever & Marionville.
G&W Foods Stores
G&W, Sunfest, Apple Market & Save-A-Lot are linked to outlying OFH pantries who benefit.
Pennington's in Ash Grove, Harps in Joplin, Rhodes Family Price Chopper in Branson & Richards Brothers in Mtn. Grove all donate every month.
OFH drivers pick-up from two stores in Springfield, while an OFH agency picks up from SAM's Club in Joplin.
Target in Springfield, Branson & Joplin donate market goods as well as paper products and hygiene items.
An OFH driver stops at Hy-Vee Springfield for weekly product donations that add up quickly.
Fort Leonard Wood Commissary
Food Bank partners in Waynesville pick up donations from the Fort Commissary.
Walmart Store Donation Program
Ozarks Food Harvest was one of the first Feeding America food banks to implement a Retail Pick-Up Program, serving as a pilot food bank with Walmart in 2008. The success led to the establishment of Walmart’s partnership with food banks across the country, and now several local grocers team up to help reduce waste while feeding those in need. In 2014, a grant from the Walmart Foundation made it possible for OFH to hire a program coordinator.Contact Program Coordinator
Grocers and retailers in the Ozarks have an important choice
Let perfectly edible food go to waste — or participate in an alternative that exists to feed local children, families and seniors in need. Ozarks Food Harvest provides a valuable option, even when compared to the secondary market.
Consider these possibilities for donation.
- Close-to-code or out-of-code items with extended use-by dates
- Discontinued items or test product inventory
- Unlabeled items, mislabeled items, private label items or packaging changes
- Off-spec items, partial cases or overruns
- Promotional or season items
- Customer returns, refusals, reclamation or salvage products
- Prepared and perishable items or bulk and foodservice-size product—The Food Bank can quickly get it to an agency serving prepared or bulk meals
- Donating food and product saves retailers from disposal costs
- There is no transportation fee—donations are picked up free of charge
- Valuable floor space is not wasted with surplus storage
- Product inventory is tracked and monitored for recalls by Ozarks Food Harvest staff
- The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act protects from civil and criminal liability
- Receive valuable tax credits*
- Gain additional positive public recognition
- Support southwest Missouri communities
- Provide nutritional meals to those in need in the Ozarks
*OFH partner organizations are eligible for a number of tax benefits. For a summary of the effect current tax laws have on the treatment, under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC), of donations of appreciated ordinary income property when contributed by corporations to charitable organizations, click here.
Consider a donation of surplus or unsaleable product
Contact Ozarks Food Harvest for donation assistance. The Food Bank can help simply the process.
- Determine types of food or grocery product that can be donated
- Discuss frequency of donations
- Design a product pick-up schedule that is convenient
- Consider what receipts and acknowledgements are needed
- Discuss any concerns that you may have
- Plan a tour of the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, OFH’s warehouse facility