417 Insider: Ozarks Food Harvest

    One of the many amazing things about the Greater Springfield area is that the people within the community love to give back, and that’s shown through the amount of charity organizations, non-profits, and volunteer opportunities available within the community. One great organization that’s always looking for volunteers is Ozarks Food Harvest.


    What is Ozarks Food Harvest?

    Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for southwest Missouri, serving 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank reaches nearly 30,000 individuals weekly and distributes 16.4 million meals annually.

    Ozarks Food Harvest was founded in 1983 with a mission of Transforming Hunger into Hope. Their mission statement serves as a visionary and meaningful summary of their goals, while also explaining what it is The Food Bank does.

    Who do they serve?

    As previously mentioned, Ozarks Food Harvest serves 270 hunger-relief organizations across 28 Ozarks counties. According to their website the average OFH network client may not be who you’d expect…

    “He or she is most likely white, age 30 to 49, with two to three members in his or her family. These parents have high school diplomas and rent or lease a home. Their annual household income is less than $10,000, making them food insecure each month. They have medical bills to pay and make the hard choice between paying for food or medical care. Sometimes, that choice is between food and utilities. In a typical week, OFH serves 30,000 unduplicated individuals, or more than 10,000 households. That number is 261,300 unduplicated people each year. Across the United States, the Feeding America network of food banks serves 46.5 million people in need.”

    How to get involved

    Ozarks Food Harvest has a very informational website that outlines the different ways you can contribute to their mission.

    1. You can give money:

    2. You can give food by hosting a food drive:

    3. You can give time by volunteering:

    GSR Food drive

    Over the next two weeks we’ll be hosting a FOOD DRIVE to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.

    Psst: The person who donates the most food will WIN $50 to The Order at the Vandivort Hotel!!!

    Drop off your donations at either Greater Springfield Realtors locations:

    1200 E Woodhurst L-200 in Springfield from 9 am – 2 pm
    1563 N Rosewood in Nixa from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

    (If these times don’t work, please call Annie at 417-841-7717 to schedule a more convenient time)


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