Ozarks Food Harvest

Ozarks Food Harvest

Ozarks Food Harvest has reached its $4.8 million fundraising goal to build a 56,000-square-foot expansion at its current site in north Springfield.

The food bank announced Tuesday it has raised enough funds to meet the $700,000 challenge grant issued by the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation, which pushes the organization over its goal for the new warehouse.

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.

Michele Skalicky

Empty Bowls will be held today (9/29) from 4:30 to 8 at Panera Bread, 4100 S. Campbell in Springfield, to benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.  Michele Skalicky sat down with OFH spokesperson Christine Temple to talk about this year's event.

Jim Warnock will present Ozark Mountain Hiker tonight (9/29) at 7 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  He’ll talk about various day hikes in the Ozarks and sign copies of his new book, Five Star Trails:  the Ozarks.  To register, 888-4237.

US Department of Agriculture / Flickr

Ozarks Food Harvest distributed nearly 16.4 million meals during the year, which ended June 30.  The food bank says that's a record number of meals distributed.

According to a news release, Ozarks Food Harvest is now more than halfway to its goal of providing 30 million meals to close the meal gap.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

Updated Friday, 2:45 pm:

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks updated its Give Ozarks fundraising totals Friday, saying that $1,397,147.64 was raised for more than 240 local nonprofit organizations.

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