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Local Businesses and Non-Profit Team Up to 'Wear Out Hunger'

Photo Credit: Ozarks Food Harvest

Friday, Ozarks Food Harvest announced a partnership with two area businesses in an effort to raise funds and awareness about local hunger.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann attended the conference to learn more about how to “Wear Out Hunger.”


Food insecurity is a growing problem for families in southwest Missouri.  Food security is the ability to access enough food to maintain an active, healthy life.  As many as 17,600 children in the Ozarks face some degree of food insecurity, and rely on charitable assistance in order to be able to eat.  Ozarks Food Harvest is southwest Missouri’s food bank that provides several programs to reduce hunger such as; the Weekend Backpack Program, Kids Café, and the Mobile Food Pantry.  They also provide food to many area organizations working with children, families and seniors at risk.

Ozarks Food Harvest, and longtime sponsor Panera Bread, announced that local clothing store Five Pound Apparel is a new partner in a marketing campaign geared toward raising money for children’s feeding programs.  Janet Parker is a spokesperson for Panera bread.

“Last year we [Ozarks Food Harvest and Panera Bread] raised almost six thousand dollars through our product promotions.  We have advanced this partnership to include a t-shirt that will be sold exclusively through Five Pound Apparel’s website.  The t-shirt reminds everybody that we all want to wear out hunger in this community,” Parker says.

The shirts can be purchased now through the end of February, with all proceeds benefitting Ozarks Food Harvest programs.  The cost is $20 and the purchase of a shirt will provide as many as 36 meals to children in need.  You can find links to more information below. For KSMU News, I’m Theresa Bettmann.

 Click here to learn more about ordering t-shirts

Click here to learn more about Ozarks Food Harvest