SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Ozarks Food Harvest has set a fundraising goal of $60,000 for Giving Tuesday to help provide food for families facing hunger this holiday season.
Giving Tuesday is an international day of charitable giving that encourages people to commit to an act of generosity. Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, this year’s Giving Tuesday will take place on Nov. 29.
Community members can support The Food Bank by donating through its website or Facebook fundraiser on Nov. 29. Ozarks Food Harvest’s fundraising goal of $60,000 will help provide more than 240,000 meals to children, families and seniors in the Ozarks. Feeding Missouri, A-1 Guarantee Roofing and American National will be matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000.
“The need is urgent because we’re now serving more families than we were at the height of the COVID crisis,” said Bart Brown, president/CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest. “We supply 70 percent of the food our network of community and faith-based partners distribute, so the best way to help is with a donation because we can take $1 and turn that into $10 worth of groceries for a family in need.”
Since 2014, Ozarks Food Harvest has raised more than $287,000 through Giving Tuesday campaigns to help provide more than 1.1 million meals to families experiencing hunger in the Ozarks.
In southwest Missouri, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 6 adults face hunger, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Ozarks Food Harvest reaches 50,000 individuals monthly and provides more than 20 million meals annually across its 28-county service area.