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Blunt Thanks Ozarks Food Harvest in Springfield

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Governor Matt Blunt addressed the Ozarks Food Harvest Conference to thank the group for its generosity Monday in Springfield. KSMU's Greg Leuthen has more.

During his remarks, Gov. Matt Blunt acknowledged volunteers, administrators, board members, and local leaders for their efforts to help Missourians in need. The Ozarks Food Harvest is a food bank that has been serving nearly 30 counties in Southwest Missouri for the past 24 years. Blunt says that no one in Missouri should ever go hungry.

To help aid the efforts of the Ozarks Food Harvest, Blunt signed legislation that gives income tax credits to those who make donations to local food pantries equal to half of the food or monetary gifts.

Last year, Blunt signed legislation that protects grocery stores and allows them to donate leftover canned and perishable items that might otherwise have been thrown away. Blunt says this will add tens of thousands of pounds of food to Missouri food pantries every year.