Getting nutritious food to seniors is a priority for OFH
The Food Bank’s Senior Food program supplements the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA food. Nearly 2,000 seniors, age 60 and older who live at or below 130% of the poverty level, receive monthly food boxes at OFH partner agencies like senior centers, churches and pantries. The food items provided act as a supplement of the nutrients typically lacking in the diets of seniors in need. All of these USDA commodities are packaged into the boxes solely by OFH volunteers at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. The Food Bank also partners with several senior centers to distribute food via meal or pantry programs.
Senior Food Boxes
Assembled and distributed by OFH annually
Provide the boxes to income-eligible seniors
Served each year via the Senior Food Boxes
The USDA provides commodities to Food Banks
This food, along with other federal commodities sent to OFH, make up about 30 percent of The Food Bank’s total annual distribution. The commodities that Ozarks Food Harvest volunteers assemble into the Senior Food packages include items such as canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, cereal, milk, cheese, rice and pasta. Each package contains approximately 25 pounds of food, or 21 meals.
- Cassville United Methodist Church
- Lamar Good Samaritan
- Shepherd’s Nook – Salem
- Ava Assembly of God
- Hickory County Cares – Wheatland
- Salvation Army – Joplin
- St. Susanne Catholic Church – Mt. Vernon
- The Help Center – Neosho
- Oregon County Food Pantry – Alton
- Oregon County Food Pantry – Thayer
- Salvation Army – Bolivar
- Good Samaritan – Richland
- Good Samaritan – Waynesville
- Winona Christian Church
- St. Clair County Food Pantry
- Texas County Food Pantry – Houston
- SeniorAge – Marshfield
- Mountain Grove Love Center
Note: Seniors must live in the county where the program is available.
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.