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Musgrave Foundation awards $100K to area nonprofits

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Last edited 2:30 p.m., Feb. 3, 2012

Springfield-based Musgrave Foundation has dedicated $100,000 in grants to seven nonprofits in the Greene County area.

The agencies, which are member food pantries and feeding sites of Ozarks Food Harvest, were presented the donations Feb. 1 at the Springfield food bank's O'Reilly Center for Hunger Relief, 2810 N. Cedarbrook Ave.

Ozarks Food Harvest spokeswoman Lindsey Neddenriep said via e-mail that the nonprofits are:
  • Ash Grove Food Pantry;
  • Crosslines, an agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks;
  • Heart of the Ozarks;
  • The Kitchen Inc.;
  • Springfield Community Center;
  • Springfield Victory Mission; and
  • the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The funding will help feed people in need in Springfield and the surrounding communities. According to a news release from Ozarks Food Harvest, more than 42,000 people in Greene County, or roughly 16 percent, are food insecure, meaning they don't know where their next meal will come from. Of that figure, 31 percent don't qualify for federal assistance.

A year ago, the Musgrave Foundation - formed in 1984 by Jeannette Musgrave using an inheritance from her husband's family oil leases in Oklahoma and Texas - presented $100,000 in grants to 10 Greene County hunger relief organizations.

On Jan. 26, the Roy W. Slusher Foundation also presented $100,000 to 12 Ozarks Food Harvest member food pantries and other area feeding sites in Stone and Taney counties, according to Springfield Business Journal archives.
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