Healthy Food Drive

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A food drive in Southwest Missouri is aimed at making sure even those who can’t afford to buy healthy food can get it.

This is the sixth year for CoxHealth’s Pack the Pantry healthy food drive, and the health system is asking for the community’s help.

Glenda Miller, CoxHealth’s collaborative care coordinator and food drive organizer, says they want to “support those who need some extra help obtaining the food necessary for a heart-healthy diet.”

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A food drive that’s underway is focused on bringing healthy food options to those who rely on local food pantries for help.

CoxHealth’s healthy food drive will benefit Crosslines, a local food pantry that serves around 3600 people in the Ozarks each month, and pantries operated by Christian Action Ministries in Branson. 

Suggested items for donation include no-sugar-added applesauce, 100 percent fruit cups, low-sodium or no-salt-added canned vegetables, reduced sodium spaghetti sauce, tomato paste, brown rice, whole wheat noodles, canned chicken and dried beans.