Ozarks Food Harvest is searching for volunteers to fill gaps during winter months

Jessi HawkinsVolunteer Spotlight

Published: Jan. 21, 2024 at 6:08 AM CST|Updated: 24 hours ago

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Local food bank Ozarks Food Harvest is looking for volunteers to fill gaps in what it says is a slow season for volunteers.

During this push, called Resolve to Get Involved, the food bank is asking community members to volunteer six times to help produce meals for families here in the Ozarks.

“We typically have seen a dip as we enter into the first few months of 2024, but actually, that demand is still increased, as we saw through last year. So we’re in desperate need of volunteers to make sure that we can continue getting food out the door each and every day,” said Jordan Browning, Director of Communications for Ozarks Food Harvest.

Ozarks Food Harvest has sessions six days a week, including morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. Each session is around three hours apiece. It’s easy to sign up, and it’s fun to get involved according to Browning.

Ozarks Food Harvest serves over 200 food banks here in Southwest Missouri, helping them deliver food to families.

“All they have to worry about is getting food to families in need, and we can take care of the rest of getting food to make sure that they have enough food in their pantries,” said Browning.

Volunteers are crucial to help them keep sending over 100,000 pounds of food out the door every week.

“We’re sorting more than 100,000 pounds of food per week. So if we didn’t have volunteers doing that, we would have to hire an additional 15 full-time employees to help cover that which would mean less money that we get to spend on food,” said Browning.

If you’re interested in signing up to help, you can visit Ozark Food Harvest’s website here.

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