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Joplin relief efforts drain Ozarks Food Harvest resources

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Springfield-based nonprofit Ozarks Food Harvest is calling for food and supply donations, because aiding recovery efforts in Joplin has drained the food bank, officials said.

Since the May 22 tornado hit the city, Ozarks Food Harvest has sent more than 100 semi-truckloads of supplies - equating to 1.2 million pounds valued at $2 million - to the Joplin community, according to a news release.

Ozarks Food Harvest officials say its member food pantries and feeding sites across the Ozarks are seeing a spike in demand for supplies.

“The need is urgent,” Ozarks Food Harvest President and CEO Bart Brown said in the release. “We’re asking for community groups to host food drives for all of southwest Missouri.

"A lot of our pantries are seeing an increased need due to the relocation of those from Joplin, and with more than 9,000 jobs lost in Joplin, we still have a long journey ahead in terms of helping these people get back on their feet.”

The release pointed to needed food items such as boxed dinners, canned goods and protein sources.

Information on hosting a food drive or volunteering to help Ozarks Food Harvest is posted to its Web site.

Ozarks Food Harvest serves more than 300 hunger relief organizations in 28 counties.[[In-content Ad]]


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