Thank you for your interest in partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest to help Transform Hunger into Hope.
As a non-profit food distribution center we collaborate with non-profit agencies across 28 Missouri counties to provide emergency food assistance to the hungry. It is important to know that food resources at The Food Bank are donation- driven, typically surplus and salvageable products, donated by all components of the food industry: manufacturers, retailers, food distributors and food brokers. Food drives and promotions are also an integral part of that component. OFH’s inventory is not constant and availability is sometimes limited. Therefore, The Food Bank should be a supplemental source of food and member organizations must be prepared whenever necessary to secure food and grocery items from other sources.
Application Consideration: There must be an established need in your community for a new food program to be considered. Ozarks Food Harvest reserves the right to review the concentration of agencies in your community. In communities with higher concentration of agencies, we encourage collaboration with existing programs. Currently, The Food Bank is concentrating its focus on those agencies who reach underserved areas such as rural communities, where poverty is particularly severe and resources are limited. At this time, OFH is giving priority to applications from the following counties:
Preliminary Membership Requirements:: To receive an application for membership, your organization must:
- Have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit designation from the Internal Revenue Service
- Have a history of distributing foods to those in need at absolutely no cost
- Have a clean, well-organized building
- Have staff members with proper food safety credentials or willing to attend a mandatory training prior to membership
- Be willing and able to provide food to those in need without requiring the recipient to pay, work, or participate in prayer in order to eat or gain admission to the food distribution setting
Application Request: An application packet will be provided once the prospective agency feels they have met the preliminary membership requirements. To submit a request please email your contact information and a brief overview of your 501(c)(3) organization at: email@example.com
On-Site Visit: Once the application packet is received and evaluated, an on-site visit will be conducted by OFH’s Member Services Team. On completion of the site visit, the Director of Member Services will make the final recommendation for approval of membership.
Please know submitting an application does not guarantee membership.
Normally we ask that you please allow 4-6 weeks for this process to take place. Due to the busy holiday season, final approval will not be considered until after the new year.