Ozarks Food Harvest launches Summer Harvest

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – The Ozarks Food Harvest launched its Summer Harvest campaign this week with the goal of raising awareness and 45,000 meals for child hunger in southwest Missouri.

Ozarks Food Harvest says one in seven children in the Ozarks face hunger. The campaign brings attention to the increase in child hunger when students lose access to free and reduced-price meals from their schools for up to 90 days during summer break.

“Many kids go to bed hungry during summer break when school meals aren’t available,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re helping families bridge the food gap with our Summer Harvest campaign so kids can grow, learn and play without worrying about their next meal.”

The campaign will run through September 2nd.

The Food Bank has several ways for the community to get involved in the Summer Harvest campaign:

Splash and Sizzle is May 25 – Sept. 2. Between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily, admission to all Springfield-Greene County Park Board outdoor pools is $1 or free with one canned food item per person.

Ozarks Food Harvest Month at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (CBCO) is June. Blood donors can donate their LifePoints to Ozarks Food Harvest throughout June and CBCO will make a monetary donation.

Taste of SoMo with the Downtown Springfield Association is June 22. Participants can sample southwest Missouri restaurants while Ozarks Food Harvest receives a portion of the proceeds.

Lucas Oil Speedway Food Drive is June 22. Donors will receive one free ticket to the races in Wheatland for every four nonperishable food items donated.

Bingo at 4 by 4 Brewing Company is August 1 at the Galloway location and August 8 at the Fremont Hills location. Participants can purchase specially selected beers that benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.

Volunteer with Ozarks Food Harvest

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