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food fight 2014

School FOOD FIGHT returns Oct. 13–26

Who will be the FOOD FIGHT 2014 Champion? Springfield Public Schools, along with various Partners in Education, are participating in OFH’s 4th annual “Food Fight” food drive competition, Oct. 13–26. The school with the highest pounds collected per student will win a trophy and bragging rights! Help your school win in its category by sending nonperishable goods with students or by donating at participating businesses. Donations will benefit 12 OFH partner pantries. Learn more & get involved.


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McDonald’s Cans for Coffee kicks off holiday giving

Donate a canned food item at any of the 60+ area McDonald’s, Oct. 27–Nov. 16, to receive a FREE McCafé® beverage, including a mocha, white chocolate mocha, caramel mocha, latte, coffee, iced coffee or hot chocolate. This is the seventh year McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected food for Ozarks Food Harvest, and this year’s goal is to donate 30,000 pounds of food for pantries across the Ozarks. Join the event on Facebook


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Join OFH at Panera for Empty Bowls art event

You’re invited! Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread are coming together for Empty Bowls on Friday, Nov. 7 from 5–8 p.m. at the café at 500 S. National in Springfield. For a monetary donation to The Food Bank—in an amount of your choice—the first 100 donors will receive soup and a baguette from Panera. After enjoying dinner during November’s First Friday Art Walk, you can choose a bowl created by a local artist to take home with you. Learn more.


turkey trot 2014

Donate nonperishable food items at the 20th annual Turkey Trot

Don’t miss the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K in Missouri! In addition to raising funds for the Park Board and DCO, Turkey Trot collects thousands of pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest each year—and you can help! Simply bring three canned or boxed food items to the Expo Center before 8:00 a.m. the day of the race, Nov. 27. OFH is also seeking volunteers to help collect food the day prior to the race on Packet Pick Up day or on Thanksgiving Day. Volunteer your time. Register for the 5K.


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OFH offers annual Walmart Hunger Challenge to agencies

Thanks to The Walmart Foundation's State Giving Program, eligible OFH-member agencies have a chance to receive a portion of $40,000 from The Food Bank, to be used as a challenge grant for hunger relief in the Ozarks. This is the fifth year the State Giving Program has generously allowed OFH to issue matching grants to its partner organizations. The 33 selected OFH partners will have from Oct. 1–Mar. 1 to fundraise to meet the challenge. Agencies selected represent 22 of the 28 counties OFH serves.


Hunger Study

Study reveals OFH serving 260,000+ individuals

The weak economy has increased challenges for thousands in southwest Missouri, and with higher-than-average inflation and the rising cost of food, the number of those struggling remains high. The largest, most comprehensive analysis of charitable food assistance in America reports a 69 percent increase in those served by Ozarks Food Harvest and its network over the past four years. Learn the demographics of those served by OFH in the Hunger in the Ozarks Executive Summary and see the snapshot of those in need—their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. Or, view the complete report to access all the data.



Watch & share Ozarks Food Harvest’s latest video

The Food Bank partnered with Digital Lunchbox to produce a new organizational video for you! See the behind-the-scenes workings of a food bank—and understand the roles of both a food bank and a food pantry. Watch the story of hope that real people receive from OFH’s network each and every day:


great american milk drive

Help provide much-needed milk to those in need

Hungry families in the Ozarks are missing out on the essential nutrients supplied by milk, because milk is rarely donated to food banks—even though it is one of the most requested and nutrient-rich food items at Ozarks Food Harvest. The Food Bank is looking for local partners to sponsor milk for your neighbors in need. From $100 to $5,000, your company or group’s donation will make a difference, and there are benefits to accompany your generosity. For more information on becoming a local sponsor for the Great American Milk Drive, contact Christy Claybaker at (417) 865-3411, ext. 120.


map the meal gap

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.


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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