The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 2, 2012

Our View: Hunger at home


The Joplin Globe

— Thanks to the generosity of Schreiber Foods, hundreds of area residents have full pantries — at least for now.

A mobile food pantry operated by Ozarks Food Harvest of Springfield brought 17,000 pounds of food to Joplin on Thursday. It has done the same in Carl Junction and will make two other stops to distribute food bought through the grant from Schreiber.

The effort is also getting the help of Crosslines ministry, which is using its charity tracker program to identify those who likely don’t receive government help but need a helping hand.

We applaud these efforts and those who make the food distributions possible.

Want to help? Beginning this month, watch for one of Ozarks Food Harvest’s Check Out Hunger fundraisers.

Through the end of December, local grocers throughout our readership area will partner with Ozarks Food Harvest.

When a shopper chooses to add a $1 tax-free donation to his or her grocery bill, the cashier scans the donation bar code and the donor has the opportunity to sign a donor card for display. The donation is added to the bill and appears on the receipt.

For every $1 donated, $10 worth of food is distributed across the Ozarks.

The mobile pantry distributes food every Tuesday and Thursday in locations across the organization’s 28-county coverage area.

It’s a great program, backed by those trying to put food on the tables of our neighbors.