REPUBLIC, Mo. -- (08/10/2017) Tomatoes, squash, and watermelon are just a few of the many fresh fruits and vegetables that Ozarks Food Harvest brings to the tables of over 260,000 individuals.
"Ozarks Food Harvest exists to make sure that people in our community aren't making tough choices like 'can I have dinner tonight?' We think that's a right of all people in our community," said Christine Temple, Communications Coordinator with Ozarks Food Harvest.
After harvesting over 14,000 pounds of locally grown food, the program is on track for a record season.
"We were able to start a lot earlier in the winter time, so we were able to extend our growing season with our high tunnels , and we've also seen more donations," explained Temple.
But in order to make this record season a reality, Ozarks Food Harvest needs your help. Every week, volunteers come out to the gardens to help harvest and plant in order to get this food into the hands of those who need it most.
"Our program is based on volunteers, and without volunteers, we would not be able to produce what we do with our help."
A record season means more food for those in need, but that also means the need for volunteers is greater than ever before.
"We definitely need a lot of help out here. Anyone that's able, if you have an hour or two to give, all the help that we can get it what we need," said Alison Delbom, a frequent volunteer with Ozarks Food Harvest.
But if you can't get out to the gardens, there's still a way that you can help.
"If you can't volunteer and you have a home garden, you can bring your extra produce to an Ozarks Food Harvest location. We'll take whatever extra you have, even if it's just a few cucumbers and zucchinis, it really adds up," said Temple.