Ozark Food Harvest details community outreach; donates 20 million meals

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Ozark Food Harvest today announced it provided 20 million meals last year through its network of community and faith-based charities.

Officials say the organization serves roughly a third of the geographical area of the state.

From July 2021 to June 2022, the food bank invested in its 28-county service area by increasing distribution through:

  • Mobile Food Pantry program
  • Drive-thru food pantries
  • Mobile Produce Pantry

“Even as many people return to work, the demand is still high for food assistance in southwest Missouri,” said Tommy Wohlgemuth, CFO and COO at SGC Foodservice in Springfield and Ozarks Food Harvest’s outgoing board president. “The board recognizes that further investments in our community will be necessary to get families on the road to recovery.”

In total, Ozarks Food Harvest has distributed more than 23 million pounds of food, including 4.2 million pounds of fresh produce.

“Our work has been more important than ever in the past year as folks continue to deal with increased prices for food,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re in it for the long haul to ensure children, families and seniors don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from.”

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