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Child food insecurity rate in the Ozarks remains higher than state of Missouri’s

Results from the latest Map the Meal Gap study were revealed in April, highlighting that the need for food assistance remains too high. Sixteen percent of those living in southwest Missouri are unsure where their next meal is coming from, including 23.5 percent of children. Nearly a quarter of individuals are still not eligible for federal assistance. Pulaski and Wright Counties are the most food insecure in OFH’s 28-county service area, and Douglas, Stone & Wright Counties have the highest child food insecurity rates. Learn more about the 2014 study.



Current financial statements are now available

Every dollar you invest in Ozarks Food Harvest’s mission helps provide five meals to a family in need, or $10 worth of food distribution and services across 28 counties. The Food Bank’s board and leadership prides themselves on getting the best return for supporters’ dollars. You can now view fiscal year 2013 financials, along with OFH’s most recent independent auditors’ report on the Financial Page. View the FY13 Honor Roll of Donors & Annual Report.


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Help Panera Bread support the Weekend Backpack Program every Second Friday

Panera Bread cafés in Springfield, Branson and Joplin will donate a portion of proceeds from select menu items purchased every second Friday. Donations will go to the Weekend Backpack Program. Thanks to the Second Friday promotions the past two years, $10,000 was donated, helping to fill 1,500 bags full of nutritious food items for local at-risk children over the weekends. Go to Ozarks Food Harvest’s Facebook page to find featured menu items.


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Hunter Hayes visits SWMO and supports OFH, thanks to ConAgra and P&G

As part of ConAgra Foods & P&G’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, the Feeding America supporter is sponsoring the four-time GRAMMY nominated artist, Hunter Hayes’, 2014 concert tour. At just 10 venues, including JQH arena, a pop-up “Hope Grocery” store will open prior to the start of the concert, offering concert-goers the opportunity to learn more about this hunger-relief campaign and how to get involved locally. In April, the concert in Springfield collected more than 4,600 meals for Ozarks Food Harvest and food bank supporters won tickets, “Meet & Greet” passes, t-shirts and signed swag! Learn more.


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25th annual Scouting for Food collects nearly 13 tons

Boy Scouts across the Ozarks collected nonperishable food items throughout the entire month of March, donating more than 25,000 pounds of food to hunger-relief organizations in southwest Missouri, including 19,770 pounds to Ozarks Food Harvest and directly to 13 OFH-member food pantries. That’s more than 16,000 meals for Ozarks Food Harvest’s network and more than 21,000 meals total. This banner anniversary year also featured a Walmart partnership in Springfield and surrounding communities. The stores helped Scouts host a one-day food drive on March 29, which contributed 3,273 pounds . In honor of the 25th anniversary, Scouts received special-made Ozarks Food Harvest patches. Read the news release.



Moe’s Southwest Grill opens in Springfield and supports Ozarks Food Harvest

The newest fast-casual chain at the Battlefield Mall opened in late March and supported The Food Bank at a special fundraiser the day prior to the grand opening. Moe’s collected $600 to help feed those in need—equivalent to 3,000 meals provided via Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of pantries and partners. Heartfelt thanks to all donors who participated in the $10 All You Can Eat buffet! Read the original news release.


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Springfield–Greene County Library helps provide nearly 6,000 meals

Library patrons donated 3.5 tons of food in exchange for a deduction on overdue library fines during Food for Fines, Jan. 26–Feb. 1. The 10 library branches and Mobile Library collected 7,172 pounds of food and waived more than $3,000 in overdue fines. Read more about the sixth annual event.



Dickerson Park Zoo staff & patrons donate during ZOO-per Bowl

Despite cold weather, Dickerson Park Zoo’s third annual ZOO-per Bowl food drive collected nearly 400 pounds of food Jan. 25–Feb. 9. Zoo visitors received half-price admission with their donation, and employees competed in a creative football-themed incentive program. Learn more.


Check out Hunger

“Check Out Hunger” raises record-breaking $36,000

The 15th annual holiday fundraiser, November 15–December 31, surpassed $36,000 to help feed local children and families in need! Sincerest thanks to donors who gifted $1, $3 or $5 in the check-out line at these valued OFH partners, including Akin’s, Bistro Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, Hy-Vee, Murfin’s Market, Price Cutter, Ramey, Smitty’s, Summer Fresh, Town & Country and Woods Supermarket. Read the media release.


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McDonald’s Cans for Coffee remains largest annual food drive for Ozarks Food Harvest

The 6th annual McDonald’s Cans for Coffee food drive ended Nov. 10 and collected a total of 26,966 lbs. of food for Ozarks Food Harvest’s network. That’s more than 22,000 meals! The drive, which began in October, encouraged customers to donate a canned good in exchange for a free hot McCafé® beverage. Combined with a 40,000-lb. donation to Cans for Coffee from Tyson Foods, Inc., more than 55,800 meals will be provided to those in need. Heartfelt thanks to all those who participated in this year’s drive! Read more


Fighting Hunger Together

OFH receives $125,000 from Walmart, offering to area pantries as matching grants

Ozarks Food Harvest was presented with a $125,000 gift from the Walmart Foundation and will offer the donation—in the form of dozens of matching grants—to its network of 250 member food pantries and feeding sites across 28 Missouri counties. This is the fourth annual gift of this size from the Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program that Ozarks Food Harvest has offered to its agencies as the “Walmart Hunger Challenge” matching grant opportunity. View photos.


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OFH awards $250,000 in grants to area nonprofits

Ozarks Food Harvest awarded a quarter of a million dollars to nearly 50 food pantries and hunger-relief programs on June 18, 2013 at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. The infrastructure grants, ranging in value from $1,300 to $10,000, went to the purchase of industrial-sized freezers, coolers, shelving and other supplies to help expand the capacity of Missouri’s emergency food system. The regional food bank’s Strengthening Partners awards were part of a $1 million gift received earlier this year from the Missouri Foundation for Health. Read more and see the complete list of grants awarded. View photos.



SPS receives more support from The Food Bank

Before the end of the school year, Ozarks Food Harvest committed to provide more support to Springfield Public Schools to help meet the increasing need for hunger-relief services. The partnership includes supplying at least 18 schools with bags of food via the Weekend Backpack Program; 10 Mobile Food Pantry program distributions; establishing school food pantries and providing SNAP outreach assistance. The first two school MFP distributions were in April and May at Williams and Weller. OFH’s financial commitment to serve SPS is estimated at $450,000 during The Food Bank’s next fiscal year. Read more on OFH’s blog.


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NAP Tax Credits now available for qualified donors

The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded $250,000 in state tax credits to Ozarks Food Harvest in April. The Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) is utilized by nonprofit organizations throughout Missouri to make their communities a more desirable place to live and work, as well as pave the way for economic development. Credits can equal up to 50 percent of the total amount contributed. Learn how NAP credits could benefit your bottom line.


Invest an Acre

Invest an Acre for Ozarks Food Harvest

Through the Invest an Acre program, farmers can donate the proceeds of one or more acres of crops to help feed hungry families in their own communities. When donors give through the Invest an Acre program, 100 percent will go directly to Ozarks Food Harvest. For every $1 donated, Monsanto will give $1, doubling contributions to The Food Bank. Learn more about this opportunity.



Missouri Foundation for Health awards Ozarks Food Harvest major gift

The Missouri Foundation for Health announced a $1 million award to Ozarks Food Harvest over the next two years, as part of the Foundation’s $4 million Emergency Food Access Project. MFH’s contribution to OFH will focus on infrastructure and equipment improvements at The Food Bank and their 250 community-based partners. Of the $1 million award, at least $250,000 will be applied toward infrastructure improvements for these agencies. Read the media advisory.



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