News release from Ozarks Food Harvest and Missouri Foundation for Health:
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- Ozarks Food Harvest awarded $250,000 to nearly 50 food pantries and hunger-relief programs today at a press conference at the O'Reilly Center for Hunger Relief.
The infrastructure grants, ranging in value from $1,300 to $10,000, went to the purchase of industrial-sized freezers, coolers, shelving and other supplies to help expand the capacity of Missouri's emergency food system.
"Strengthening our 250 partner agencies to serve more hungry Missouri families is part of our three-year strategic plan, and doing so means Ozarks Food Harvest will grant more than $200,000 in funding annually to our food pantries and programs," said OFH President/CEO Bart Brown. "These infrastructure grants will help improve pantries and feeding sites across the Ozarks so that they can store and distribute more fresh produce and perishable product."
The regional food bank's Strengthening Partners infrastructure awards were part of a $1 million gift received earlier this year from the Missouri Foundation for Health-one of the largest healthcare foundations in the country based in St. Louis.
Ozarks Food Harvest was the first of six food bank in Missouri to previously grant awards to its partner nonprofits-in addition to providing food, training and other services-and has been recognized nationally for being a food bank that provides funding to its partners.
More than 75 pantries and feeding sites requested funding, totaling nearly $560,000-more than twice the grant funds available.
The original gift from the Missouri Foundation for Health was awarded to Ozarks Food Harvest to help expand the capacity of Missouri's emergency food system.
The following area nonprofits received infrastructure grants from Ozarks Food Harvest, thanks to the Missouri Foundation for Health. Values range depending on size of industrial-sized equipment.
OFH Strengthening Partners infrastructure grant awards
Cassville United Methodist Church-Cooler, valued at $2,600
Helping Hands Community Food Pantry, Eagle Rock-Cooler, valued at $2,600
About Our Kids, Lamar-Gas range, valued at $1,695
About Our Kids - Nathan's Place-Gas range & range hood, valued at $2,170
The Good Samaritan Shop, Lamar-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Church of Christ, El Dorado Springs-Cooler & freezer, valued at $7,300
St. Joseph Catholic Church, Billings-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC), Greenfield-Cooler & freezer, valued $7,300
Calvary Chapel FWB Church, Buffalo-2 freezers & metal shelves, computer/Charity Tracker, valued at $7,835
Prairie Chapel UMC, Urbana-Cooler & freezer, valued at $7,300
Ash Grove Food Pantry-Cooler & Freezer, valued at $7,300
Boys & Girls Club - Henderson Unit, Springfield-Freezer & storage cabinets, valued at $4,970
Center City Christian Outreach, Springfield-2 coolers, valued at $3,600
Clarity Recovery & Wellness (formerly Sigma House), Springfield-Freezer, valued at $3,300
Crimson House Ministries, Springfield-Oven, cooler, freezer & 2 metal shelves, valued at $9,225
C-Street Connect, Springfield-Ramp, freezer, cabinet, 2 metal shelves & computer valued at $6,140
Isabel's House, Springfield-Cooler, valued at $2,600
People Helping People, Republic-Cooler & Freezer, valued at $5,900
Springfield Community Center-2 metal shelves & 2 cabinets, valued at $1,314
Victory Mission Family Ministries, Springfield-Freezer, valued at $3,000
Victory Trade School, Springfield-Cooler & freezer, valued at $5,900
Hickory County Cares, Wheatland-Cooler and freezer, valued at $5,900
Christos House, Willow Springs-Cooler, valued at $4,000
Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA), Mountain View-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, Joplin-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Crosslines, Joplin-Cooler & freezer, valued at $5,900
Independent Living Center, Joplin-Cooler, valued at $1,800
River Street Food Pantry, Carthage-2 freezers & 2 cabinets, valued at $9,940
Community Baptist Church, Lebanon-Cooler, valued at $2,600
COPE, Lebanon-Cooler, valued at $1,800
Crosslines, Lebanon-Cooler, valued at $2,600
Pierce City Senior Citizens-Freezer, valued at $3,300
Verona Baptist Church-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Southwest Missouri Office On Aging (SWMOA), Alton-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Ozark County Food Pantry, Gainesville-Cooler & freezer, valued at $5,900
Salvation Army, Bolivar-Cooler, valued at $4,000
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA), Crocker-Freezer, valued at $3,300
Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging (CMAAA), Warren Senior Center, Richland-Cooler, valued at $4,000
Good Samaritan Resource Center, Richland-Freezer, valued at $10,000
St. Clair County Food Pantry, Osceola-Freezer, valued at $3,300
Christian Associates, Kimberling City-Freezer, valued at $3,300
North Stone County Food Pantry, Crane-Cooler, valued at $4,000
Southwest Missouri Office on Aging (SWMOA), Houston-Freezer, valued at $4,700
Texas County Food Pantry, Houston-Cooler, valued at $10,000
The King's Pantry (Southern Webster County Food Pantry), Seymour-Cooler, valued at $4,000
God's Storehouse, Hartville-Freezer, valued at $4,700
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