The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 1, 2012

PHOTOS: Springfield mobile food pantry visits Joplin

By Emily Younker
From staff reports

JOPLIN, Mo. — More than 200 families received shopping carts full of food Thursday after the mobile food pantry of Ozarks Food Harvest of Springfield visited Joplin in a partnership with the local Crosslines ministry.

“We’re just thrilled to be able to be part of it and help our neighbors who have food shortages,” said Kathy Lewis, executive director of Crosslines.

More than 17,000 pounds of food — including meat, fruits, vegetables and cereals — was carted from Springfield to Joplin to be distributed among the families, who left the distribution site Thursday morning with about a week’s worth of food, depending on the size of their household, said Terra Lamb, community outreach coordinator for Ozarks Food Harvest.

“We can reach up to 250 families on one truck in two hours,” she said.

For more on this story, please see the Friday edition of the Joplin Globe.