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A training Thursday for selected elementary teachers at Springfield Public Schools will help them teach in an outdoor setting and increase students’ awareness of healthy food options.

The “Farm-to-School” training is aided by a USDA grant that incorporates fresh, local produce into school meal programs. SPS has coordinated with MU Extensions, Springfield-Greene County Health Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks for this training.

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A series of discussions is planned next week in Springfield focusing on homelessness in southwest Missouri.  And the organizers want anyone interested in helping to create a locally-based plan to end homelessness to come to the table.

Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host “Every Voice Counts:  Community Conversations Welcome Open Discussions” at the Library Station and at the Springfield Art Museum. 

Michelle Garand is deputy director of Affordable Housing and Homeless Prevention at Community Partnership.

Non-profit organizations say they’re blown away by the support garnered during the daylong fundraiser Give Ozarks on Tuesday. Now, it’s time to put that money to good use.

“We were just really overwhelmed by all the people that decided to give to us,” said Christine Temple, communications coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.

Over 250 donors contributed Tuesday to the organization’s mission of feeding kids. All of these donations will go to OFH’s Weekend Backpack program.

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A local homeless advocate says she’s hopeful people living in makeshift camp sites that received notice Thursday (2/4) they’ll need to move will receive long-term help.

After property owners complained, police and local homeless advocates visited the three camps Thursday and let those living there know that they had 48 hours to leave.

Michelle Garand is deputy director of affordable housing and homeless prevention at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks.

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Thursday’s annual Every One Counts homeless tally indicates more than 300 individuals currently experience some form of homelessness locally.

The numbers gathered by Community Partnership of the Ozarks and other local agencies show that at least 160 people are currently without any type of shelter.