The Senior Food Box Program supplements the diets of low-income seniors with nutritious USDA commodity foods at 17 locations across 15 southwest Missouri counties. Each month, 2,000 income-eligible seniors—age 60 or older—receive this nutritious food from Ozarks Food Harvest.
The food packages provide a good source of nutrients typically lacking in the diets of low-income seniors, including items such as canned vegetables and fruits, peanut butter, beans, canned meat, cereal, milk, cheese, rice and pasta.
OFH’s Senior Food Box Program provided more than 811,000 pounds of nutritious food during fiscal years 2010 and 2011, and they are assembled solely by OFH volunteers. Annually, 24,000 boxes are assembled and distributed by The Food Bank.
How YOU can help:
This program would not be possible without the generous help of volunteers who pack the boxes at the O’Reilly Center for Hunger Relief. To volunteer to help assemble the boxes, please contact Jolene Thompson at (417) 865-3411, ext. 114.
For questions about this program, contact Mary Zumwalt at (417) 865-3411, ext. 111.