SPRINGFIELD, MO (12/29/17) - Senator Roy Blunt joined a good number of volunteers at The Ozarks Food Harvest to remind folks that just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean the joy of giving back and helping those receive their next meal is too.
About 175,000 people in the Ozarks don’t know where their next meal is going to come from keeping volunteers hard at work. Blunt says, “Food access has, almost, doubled from this location and increased by 70 percent over 3 years.”
Blunt says food demand is going to double between now and 2050. And that’s why, he says, it’s important to support and volunteer at food banks.
“Last year, over 3,500 individuals volunteered here at our warehouse or at our gardens or at our area food pantry," says Ozarks Food Harvest CEO Bart Brown.
And over 35,000 hours were worked by volunteers in 2016. Brown admits they are half way to narrowing the gap on hunger in the Ozarks, but they still have half way to go.
Blunt says he is hopeful with the amount of people showing an effort to end food scarcity because, "Things are good for families. Things are good for opportunity.”
With 12 percent of the Ozarks suffering from hunger the senator and Brown explains that the economy is looking like it might grow by 3 percent. Which, will help those with hunger by providing more resources.
Brown says, "Hopefully if the economy continues to improve people will continue to be generous.”
To learn more about how you can help or volunteer follow this link https://ozarksfoodharvest.org/.