Working hard for hunger relief

Working hard for hunger relief

March 2, 2021 in Volunteer Spotlight

When Kenny arrives at Ozarks Food Harvest for his volunteer shifts every week, he’s ready to get to work. Kenny is diligent, thorough and focused as he sorts and packs food for families facing hunger in our volunteer center.

Kenny worked at Springfield Marine Company, a boat accessory supplier, for many years. After retiring earlier than planned because of the pandemic, he joined the Ozarks Food Harvest family at the recommendation of his daughter Trisha Heflin, our warehouse supervisor.

“I didn’t really know what I was wanting to do after retirement, so she suggested I volunteer to get out of the house and meet some people,” he shared.

Kenny enjoys the people he works with each shift, and he has a great appreciation for the volunteer coaches that guide each session.

“I like talking to people and working hard, and it feels good to do this every week,” he said.

When he’s not volunteering or spending time with his family, Kenny loves bowling with his friends. He’s currently part of four bowling leagues in the Ozarks.

He thinks that everyone should volunteer or donate to make a difference when they are able to. Kenny has proudly supported the Weekend Backpack Program in the past, and we’re grateful for his generous donations.

“I hate to see kids go hungry, and I know what I do can help in some way,” he said.

Kenny believes that volunteers are vital to Ozarks Food Harvest’s mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope, and we agree with him! If you want to join Kenny and our other wonderful volunteers in the fight against hunger, sign up and self-schedule at

Thanks for volunteering with us, Kenny!