Ozarks Food Harvest announced their 22nd annual Hungerthon in partnership with a local radio group collected over a quarter million dollars to help feed hungry children throughout the Ozarks.
The fundraiser brought in a record $253,550 for the food bank’s Weekend Backpack Program, which provides a weekend’s worth of nutritious meals for students on free or reduced lunch programs at area schools.
One in five children in Southwest Missouri faces issues with hunger, and more than 1,600 children in the region currently take home backpacks on the weekend.
“Donations for this program are needed now more than ever, and it was amazing to see how the community showed up to help children facing hunger by donating over the phone and online,” Ozark Food Harvest President Bart Brown said in a statement.
In addition to the financial donations from supporters, many local businesses matched donations to provide additional food for backpacks.
Donations are still being accepted for the Hungerthon through the Ozarks Food Harvest website.