Springfield, MO

Ozarks Food Harvest gets 1M egg donation

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Last edited 2:49 p.m., Nov. 10, 2016

Before construction is even complete at its new Springfield plant, Vital Farms already is investing in the local community.

The Austin, Texas-based company plans to donate more than 1 million eggs to Ozarks Food Harvest by year’s end.

The company with plans for a Springfield plant is delivering eggs weekly to the local nonprofit, according to a spokeswoman. 

“Eggs are one of the most nutritious items we distribute to our network of hunger relief agencies, but they are hard to acquire,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest, in a provided statement. “That’s why we’re so grateful for our new partnership with Vital Farms. Their donations to Ozarks Food Harvest will provide thousands of healthy meals to people struggling with hunger across the Ozarks.”

In March, Neosho-based distributor Opal Foods donated 240,000 eggs to the nonprofit.

Through Ozarks Food Harvest’s network of 200 organizations serving 28 Ozarks counties, around 14 million meals are provided annually to 260,000 people.

In September, Vital Farms broke ground on an 82,140-square-foot egg-processing plant on 11 acres in Partnership Industrial Center West.

The plant would serve as a processing facility for the company’s supply chain of 100 farmers who provide eggs from pasture-raised hens, involving grading, quality inspection, sorting, packing and transportation of the eggs to over 6,000 U.S. grocery stores, including The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Target and Kroger.

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