Check Out Hunger

Ozarks Food Harvest
Ozarks Food Harvest website

Ozarks Food Harvest is teaming up with local businesses to help spread some holiday cheer this season with “25,000 Meals For Hope.” Like the name suggests, area businesses using the Towny app will attempt to collect that many meals for OFH.

The campaign is a new addition to the organization’s other annual holiday food drives such as Check Out Hunger.  

“This is a unique and fun thing we’re doing with Towny this year and we hope it brings in a lot of meals,” said Christine Temple, communication and public relations coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Ozarks Food Harvest

The 17th annual Check Out Hunger fundraiser for Ozarks Food Harvest raised more than $31,000.  That equates to nearly 159,000 meals for children, families and seniors in southwest Missouri, according to the food bank.

The fundraiser ran from November through December, 2015, but the food bank received checks from participating grocers through the first few months of this year.  OFH says this was an ideal time to receive a financial boost since donations tend to drop after the holidays.


The totals are in for Ozarks Food Harvest's fundraiser, Check Out Hunger.  A total of $49.786 was raised--nearly $10,000  more than the food bank's goal and a record-breaking amount.  Shoppers at area grocery stores had the opportunity to add $1, $3 or $5 to their bill when checking out.  The money raised "will help feed those who access services from Ozarks Food Harvest's 200 member food pantries and hunger-relief programs in 28 southwest MO counties," according to OFH.  It's estimated the money will be able to provide 250,000 meals for the hungry in the Ozarks.

The annual Check Out Hunger campaign for Ozarks Food Harvest gets underway Saturday (11/15) and runs through December 31st.  The way it works is:  when you go to pay for your groceries at one of 80 southwest Missouri stores, you'll have the opportunity to add a $1, $3 or $5 tax-free donation to your bill.  Shoppers will find Check Out Hunger signs in the check-out lanes.