Why volunteers matter

Why volunteers matter

April 2, 2020 in Harvest Time Newsletter Volunteer Spotlight

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we want to take a moment to recognize the important work volunteers do for The Food Bank.

Last year, more than 3,850 volunteers gave time at Ozarks Food Harvest. That’s 3,850 people that helped a hungry family put a meal on the table; 3,850 people who learned about the issue of hunger; 3,850 people who generously sacrificed their own time to support neighbors in need.

A volunteer’s gift of time means so much to The Food Bank. Just one volunteer helps provide more than 100 meals every hour. Over the course of 2019, volunteers helped provide a total of 3.3 million meals.

“Time is precious. These individuals choose how and where they want to spend their
time,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re humbled that our volunteers choose to spend part of their day with us in an effort to serve the community.”

We’re inspired by every volunteer who walks through our doors. From students to retirees, all of our volunteers do so much to help hungry families in southwest Missouri.

To all of you who have volunteered at Ozarks Food Harvest, thank you. Thank you for spending time with us. Thank you for lending a hand for neighbors in need.

At the time this newsletter went to the printer, the volunteer program was suspended due to cOVID-19 concerns. When the volunteer program resumes, updates will be posted at