Ozarks Food Harvest awards $250,000 in grants to area nonprofits - KOAM TV 7

Ozarks Food Harvest awards $250,000 in grants to area nonprofits



Ozarks Food Harvest awards $250,000 in grants to area nonprofits

Donations thanks to major gift to OFH from 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

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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