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Local Schools Compete to Feed the Hungry

Phil! Gold

  A friendly fight among schools in Springfield netted more than 36,000 pounds of food for Ozarks Food Harvest.  The fifth annual Food Fight food drive challenged students and staff to collect non-perishable food items for the needy in the Ozarks. 

The Food Fight champion in the middle school category is the Health Sciences Academy at Mercy, and Hillcrest gets the Food Fight champion award in the high school category.  Carver Middle School won the award for overall record-breaker, collecting 4,214 pounds of food.  Local businesses that serve as Partners in Education also collected food.

Four elementary schools—Pittman, Campbell, Pleasant View and Rountree--won trips to Ozarks Food Harvest to see how food donations are processed.

The items collected this year are expected to provide more than 30,000 meals to hungry children, families and seniors this holiday season, according to OFH.

Food and funds collected have been sent to the food bank’s partner food pantries in Greene County, including four SPS food pantries.  Those include pantries at Central, Hillcrest and Kickapoo High Schools and Study Alternative Center.