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Food Bank Aims To Distribute 12 Million Pounds of Food


Imagine one million pounds of food…then take that times 12. That’s the goal that local food bank Ozarks Food Harvest announced it wants to distribute per year by 2012. On Thursday, community leaders came together to announce their specific goals to fight hunger over the next three years. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore interviewed the food bank’s executive director, Bart Brown, in the organization’s new warehouse. Brown began by detailing the new goals which were announced this week.

Brown said for 2012, the food bank is aiming to distribute 12 million pounds of food annually. That number was reached after research and analysis of the needs of the food bank's various agencies and food pantries across 29 counties. Currently, it distributes approximately 7 million pounds of food per year.

Brown said partners from the Care to Learn Fund, the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Female Leaders in Philanthropy, Great Southern Bank, and Rotary Club of Springfield are all joining hands, doing what they can to meet this goal.

He added that the food bank's new facility will allow it to meet the sharply rising demand of those in need of food.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.