Senior Food

We’ve got to keep the roof over our heads, wood on the porch and food in our bellies. This helps a lot. Herb, age 74

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. More than 4,100 seniors, age 60 and older who live at or below 130% of the poverty level, receive monthly food boxes at Ozarks Food Harvest partner agencies like senior centers, churches and pantries. Ozarks Food Harvest has these resources available in all 28 counties of its service area. 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 Ozarks Food Harvest 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.

  • 50K

    Senior Food Boxes

    assembled and distributed by Ozarks Food Harvest annually

  • 45

    Partner sites

    provide the boxes to income-eligible seniors

  • 1.2M


    served each year via the Senior Food Boxes

How does it work?

USDA provides food to The Food Banks

This food, along with other federal USDA Foods sent to Ozarks Food Harvest, make up about 20 percent of The Food Bank’s total annual distribution. The USDA Foods that Ozarks Food Harvest volunteers assemble into the Senior Food boxes include items such as canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, cereal, milk, cheese, rice and pasta. Each package contains approximately 30 pounds of food, or 25 meals.

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Senior Food Program

Senior Food Box Program Sites

Barry County

  • Cassville Pantry

Barton County

  • Good Samaritan – Lamar

Cedar County

  • SAMA Food Pantry – Stockton

Christian County

  • Least of These – Nixa

Dade County

  • OACAC – Dade County

Dallas County

  • Calvery Chapel FWB – Buffalo

Dent County

  • Shepherd’s Nook – Salem

Douglas County

  • Ava Assembly of God

Greene County

  • First Christian Church – Republic
  • Crosslines – Springfield
  • Springfield Dream Center

Hickory County

  • Hickory County Cares – Wheatland
  • Pittsburg Fire Department

Howell County

  • Senior Citizens of Mountain View
  • SeniorAge – West Plains

Jasper County

  • AAA Region X-Carthage
  • Oronogo UMC
  • Salvation Army – Joplin
  • St. Paul UMC – Joplin

Lawrence County

  • St. Susanne Catholic Church – Mt. Vernon
  • SeniorAge Aurora
  • Monett Community Pantry

Laclede County

  • L-Life Food Pantry – Lebanon

McDonald County

  • Crosslines McDonald County – Anderson

Newton County

  • The Help Center – Neosho
  • Seneca Food Pantry

Oregon County

  • Oregon County Food Pantry – Alton
  • Oregon County Food Pantry – Thayer

Ozark County

  • Ozark County Food Pantry – Gainesville

Polk County

  • Community Outreach Ministries – Bolivar

Pulaski County

  • Dixon Caring Center
  • Good Samaritan – Richland
  • Good Samaritan – Waynesville
  • Crocker Presbyterian Church

Shannon County

  • Winona Assembly of God

St. Clair County

  • St. Clair County Food Pantry – Osceola

Stone County

  • Southern Stone County Food Pantry – Kimberling City

Taney County

  • CAM – Branson
  • CAM – Forsyth

Texas County

  • Texas County Food Pantry – Houston

Vernon County

  • Sheldon Community Center
  • Vernon County Senior Center – Nevada

Webster County

  • Kings Food Pantry – Seymour
  • SeniorAge – Marshfield

Wright County

  • 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.

View the USDA’s Nondiscrimination Statement clicking here.