Nearly 1,400 meals were collected by area schools during FOOD FIGHT 2013, April 22–26. This year’s Champion—determined by pounds collected, divided by student enrollment per student—was Cherokee Middle School who won for the second year in a row! Heartfelt thanks to Cherokee, Pipkin Middle School, Shady Dell Early Childhood Center and Strafford High School for collecting nonperishable food items for The Food Bank. Read the news release.
OFH Kids Cafe site in Lamar wins $20,000 thanks to your online votes
As part of the Fighting Hunger Together initiative, Walmart is giving out $3 million in grants for the most innovative and effective programs that help alleviate child hunger. One of Ozarks Food Harvest’s child feeding sites, About Our Kids/Nathan’s Place in Lamar, was one of 60 food bank partners nationwide to win a $20,000 grant for receiving the most votes on Facebook. Voting ended April 30, and AOK will use the funding to serve meals and snacks to area teens, purchase a much-needed walk-in refrigerator/freezer unit and separate hand washing sink. Read the news release.
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 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.
24th annual Scouting for Food collects 17,000+ lbs.
Boy Scouts across the Ozarks went door-to-door in March and April seeking donations of food for Ozarks Food Harvest. The Ozark Trails Council also accepted food at Walmart in Springfield on March 30. More than 17,000 pounds of nonperishable items were collected, compared to 2,400 lbs. last year. Read the news release.
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.
Help support the Backpack Program with St. James Winery
If you’ve visited your local Panera Bread recently, you may have noticed café associates sporting 5 # ApparelWearing Out Hunger t-shirts during their Second Friday promotions. Now you can get your own limited edition t-shirt, with all proceeds benefiting Ozarks Food Harvest’s child feeding initiatives. Feel good knowing you’re helping increase awareness of child hunger in southwest Missouri—and that your gift will provide 36 meals to kids in need. Purchase yours at 5poundapparel.com/ofh.
Have you met Kate yet?
Meet Kate! She’s The Food Bank’s new friend who can help you “Speak Out Against Hunger.” Once you’ve watched the two minute video, please share it—whether on your Facebook, Twitter or blog. We need your help advocating for those in need. Set an extra plate at your dinner table for Kate tonight and leave it empty. Let the plate be a reminder that too many individuals in our community do not have enough to eat each day.