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For 25 years, Ozarks Food Harvest has been sending out truckloads of food to the hungry of southwest Missouri. Monday, the organization stopped to recognize those who have made it all possible. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.
A record 400 agency partners and volunteers gathered in Springfield Monday to commemorate the 25th anniversary of southwest Missouri's largest food pantry.
Congressman Roy Blunt gave the keynote address at the event. He said that while the federal government helps ease local hunger to a degree, a large part of the responsibility rests with local volunteers, agencies and donors.
One of the agencies represented at the event was Shepherd's Nook Food Pantry in Salem, Missouri. Director Bill Stack says up to 75 percent of the goods in his food pantry comes from Ozarks Food Harvest.
Ozarks Food Harvest was pleased with the number of agency partners participating in the 25th anniversary event. Denise Gibson, communications director, says some of the attendees drove several hours to be here.
Ozarks Food Harvest distributes food to agency partners such as shelters, pantries, and soup kitchens across 29 Missouri counties.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.