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Ozarks Food Harvest donates $200K in equipment

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Ozarks Food Harvest donated more than $200,000 worth of equipment and infrastructure to eight of its partner food pantries.

The Springfield nonprofit provided seven walk-in freezers and one walk-in cooler to Crosslines-Carthage, Eminence Food Pantry, Feed in Mountain View, Lamar Good Samaritan, Ozark County Food Pantry in Gainesville, St. Clair County Food Pantry in Osceola, Texas County Food Pantry in Houston and The Hope Center in El Dorado Springs, according to a news release.

“We know that food insecurity rates are higher in rural communities and will continue to increase during COVID-19,” said Bart Brown, president and CEO of Ozarks Food Harvest, in the release. “We’re so grateful to be able to provide assistance to our agencies to ensure storage space isn’t a barrier to serving more folks in their communities.”

Ozarks Food Harvest also provided funding for the equipment's concrete pad pouring, delivery, assembly and electrical installation.

The nonprofit since April has purchased an additional $2.2 million worth of food to respond to COVID-19 needs, provided 14 million meals and hosted more than 75 mobile food pantries, according to the release.

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