Springfield Public Schools held their ninth annual Food Fight fundraiser for Ozarks Food Harvest and broke their previous record for collections.
The combined total number of meals raised by the students was 66,700. The food donations will sponsor 40 children for a full school year in the Weekend Backpack Program meals.
“Each year, SPS looks forward to participating in the annual Food Fight event to help provide support for families facing hunger,” Jean Grabeel, director of health services for Springfield Public Schools, said in a statement. “We are continually amazed by the generosity and compassion of our students, staff and families and we appreciate Ozarks Food Harvest for all it does to meet such a critical need.”
Five elementary schools will receive field trips to tour the Ozarks Food Harvest: Boys, Cowden, Fermont, Sequiota, and Wilson’s Creek.
“This event is as important to us as it is to the schools,” Bart Brown, president/CEO at Ozarks Food Harvest, said in a statement. “It teaches children that their donations can make a difference in the lives of the people that surround them every day.”