Ozarks Food Harvest is reaching out to the community for help continuing their Weekend Backpack Program which makes sure children in need of healthy meals on weekends will have that food available to them.
In an average school year, more than 1,600 at-risk children in the Ozarks receive food through the backpack program.
The backpack each weekend provides food for two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, snacks, and beverages. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought interruptions to the OFH supply chain for many of the items placed in the backpacks.
When OFH officials are able to find the necessary food, the cost has nearly doubled.
The major fundraiser for the program takes place in September, when a radiothon raises enough funds for 400 students for a year, but the program needs assistance through donations from the public for the remaining students.
One student for one year in the program is $360. If you would like to donate to help one of the students in the program, visit the Ozarks Food Harvest website.