Sixty-five area groceries stores in December joined the 21st Annual Check Out Hunger campaign to raise funds for Ozarks Food Harvest.
The grocers submitted their fundraising checks during the first few months of the year, when donations to the Food Harvest are usually lower, helping fund winter operations. Together, the grocers donated a total of $42,800 for OFH.
“Helping others is top of mind during the holiday season,” Denise Gibson, development and communication director at Ozarks Food Harvest, said in a statement. “We’re thankful for how local grocery partners and their customers want to help make the biggest impact they can every year during this fundraiser.”
Check Out Hunger gives shoppers the opportunity to add $1, $3, or $5 to their bill to help Ozarks Food Harvest. The money raised will provide 171,200 meals for hungry families in the Ozarks.
Harter House Nixa employees raised the most donations, providing nearly 44,000 meals.
“We are amazed that after eight years of asking customers to support Ozarks Food Harvest, they do not disappoint! We are truly blessed to have a community that supports our local business and their local community the way that they do,” Cody Crosby, office manager at Harter House in Nixa, said in a statement. “There isn’t any other charity that has the reach and effectiveness in battling hunger that Ozarks Food Harvest does. Our customers and employees recognize that and are always more than happy to offer support.”
Since their first year in 1998, Check Out Hunger has provided more than 2.7 million meals to hungry families. Grocers that participated in 2019 included: Apple Market, Country Mart, Harter House, Hy-Vee, King Cash Saver, King Food Saver, Murfin’s Market, Price Cutter, Ramey, Rhodes Family Price Chopper, Summer Fresh, Town & Country Supermarket and Woods Supermarket.