Tag: volunteers

7 Billion Ones: Lou Ann’s Story

7 Billion Ones: Lou Ann’s Story

March 14, 2016 in 7 Billion Ones

My dad was a bricklayer, and mom worked front desk jobs. She came home every night to make us dinner and there was always food. I had never been poor or gone without until I found myself in need, in my late 20’s. It opened my eyes to a lot; particularly to something I had never seen.

When my husband Dave returned to school to get his Ph.D. in Physics, back in Arizona, we had three boys. After we had our  third child, we were needing more funds. We had food stamps, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), program benefits, and medical assistance due to our low income. Those were a big help, and when we ran out of them, my husband’s parents helped us on a regular basis.

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Glean Team kicks-off third garden season

Glean Team kicks-off third garden season

March 4, 2016 in Get Involved

Ozarks Food Harvest’s Glean Team began its third season on March 2 with volunteers preparing garden beds for crops at local community gardens.

Last season, volunteers gave over 1,400 hours planting and harvesting at area gardens and farms to provide nearly 23,000 pounds of fresh produce to children, families and seniors in need right here in the Ozarks.

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Dedicated volunteer shares why she serves

Dedicated volunteer shares why she serves

February 15, 2016 in Volunteer Spotlight

Ruby Allen grew up understanding the value of working hard — taking care of animals and tending to the garden on her family’s farm in rural Kennett, Missouri.

Today, her hard work continues as she spends many weekdays volunteering to sort food at The Food Bank.

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Students go the extra mile to give back

Students go the extra mile to give back

January 15, 2016 in Volunteer Spotlight

Winter break offers a chance for college students to relax after a hectic semester of classes.

Twelve students from the University of South Dakota had different plans. In January, they traveled eight hours to serve one week in the Springfield community — volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest and other nonprofits.

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Local student gives back

Local student gives back

December 22, 2015 in Volunteer Spotlight

Missouri State University student Juan Trujillo started volunteering at Ozarks Food Harvest as part of a scholarship requirement, but came to truly enjoy giving back.

“Everybody likes to do stuff for themselves, but once you do something for someone else it’s easier to see the high priority of volunteering,” Trujillo shared.

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Veteran’s life marked by service

Veteran’s life marked by service

November 10, 2015 in Volunteer Spotlight

Freeman Kleier’s life has been marked by service to others. First to his country, and now to those struggling with hunger in the Ozarks.

He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1955 at 18 years old. “We went on our senior trip and I went home the next morning to go to Kansas City to be sworn in.”

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Married couple gives back to their community

Married couple gives back to their community

October 27, 2015 in Volunteer Spotlight

Max and Delys Bodenhausen felt the need to help their community after the catastrophic tornado hit Joplin in 2011.

Unable to physically go to the disaster site, they decided to donate their time a little closer to home.

“We couldn’t go over there to work, but we could help out here,” Max shared. “We just fell in love with this kind of work.”

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Annual Day of Caring provides 55,000 meals

Annual Day of Caring provides 55,000 meals

October 14, 2015 in Harvest Time Newsletter

Over 500 hours of service was donated to Ozarks Food Harvest by 325 volunteers, providing 55,000 meals to children, families and seniors in need during the 23rd Annual United Way Day of Caring.

Over 20,000 pounds of food was sorted in The Food Bank’s Volunteer Center, 1,442 Senior Food boxes were assembled, almost 2,000 pounds of food and $1,103 was collected during food drives, 77 pounds of produce was gleaned from Ozarks Food Harvest’s garden and area children wrote 632 notes of encouragement to fellow students who receive weekend food bags.

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