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. 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.

  • 23k+

    Senior Food Boxes

    Assembled and distributed by OFH annually

  • 16

    Partner sites

    Provide the boxes to income-eligible seniors

  • 495k

    Meals

    Served each year via the Senior Food Boxes

How does it work?

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.

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Senior Food Program

Senior Food Box Program Sites

Barry County

  • Cassville United Methodist Church

Barton County

  • Lamar Good Samaritan

Dent County

  • Shepherd’s Nook – Salem

Douglas County

  • SWMOA – Ava

Jasper County

  • Salvation Army – Joplin

Lawrence County

  • St. Susanne Catholic Church – Mt. Vernon

Newton County

  • The Help Center – Neosho

Oregon County

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

Polk County

  • Salvation Army – Bolivar

Pulaski County

  • Good Samaritan – Richland
  • Good Samaritan – Waynesville

Shannon County

  • Winona Christian Church

Texas County

  • Texas County Food Pantry – Houston

Webster County

  • SWMOA – 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.