United Way Day of Caring generosity provides 56,000 meals

United Way Day of Caring generosity provides 56,000 meals

October 9, 2016 in Harvest Time Newsletter

Over 2,000 volunteers from businesses across the Ozarks came together to help more than 100 nonprofit agencies during this year’s United Way Day of Caring.

Ozarks Food Harvest received 516 hours of service donated by 351 volunteers, providing 56,000 meals to children, families and seniors in need on Aug. 18 during the 24th annual Day of Caring.

Over 22,400 pounds of food was sorted in The Food Bank’s Volunteer Center, 1,200 Senior Food boxes were assembled, more than 2,300 pounds of food and $1,041 was collected during food drives, 237 pounds of produce was gleaned from The Food Bank’s garden and community members and students wrote over 1,200 notes of encouragement to kids who receive food through the Weekend Backpack Program.

Heartfelt thanks to the groups that gave of their time: American National Insurance, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., Chase Card Services, City of Springfield, CoxHealth Contact Center, Greene County Juvenile Office, Greene County MU Extension Office, Mercy Administration, Penmac Staffing, Phelps Center for Gifted Education, Shelter Insurance and Young Bankers Association.