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A national organization aimed at feeding the hungry people of America has chosen a Springfield man to represent the Midwest on a newly formed task force. KSMU’s Shane Franklin spoke with that local representative, and has this report.
Last year, Ozarks Food Harvest was nominated for the W. Curtis Strube Small Business Award from the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. Not only were they the first nonprofit to win this award, they were the first nonprofit to be nominated.
Now, the national spotlight is shining on this local organization. Company CEO Bart Brown has been chosen by Feeding America, the largest domestic food bank organization in the US, to represent the Midwest on the task force to end hunger in America.
Brown says Feeding America is great at what they do because of their single focus.
“We are able to serve every single county in the United States with food bank services and food, including Alaska and Hawaii,” says Brown.
He says this new task force will analyze best practices from around the nation, in order to help Feeding America, as a whole, become more efficient.
This task force is made up of of food bank executives from around the country, with hands on knowledge of how to make food banks more efficient in the field. This excites Brown, which is one reason why he was chosen in the first place.
“We’re very proud of [Ozarks Food Harvest’s] efficiency standards and the way we use our donor dollars. We really believe in running a very tight business that supports our mission of transforming hunger into hope, and without those good business practices, you can’t support your mission,” explains Brown.
The Ozarks Food Harvest operates in 28 counties throughout southwest Missouri, and this year will celebrate their 30th anniversary.
Brown is also the chair of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Nonprofit Roundtable, and will be serving on the Feeding America task force for a one year term.