Friday, August 23, 2013

Barton County 4-H Youth Visit Ozark Harvest Food Bank as a Part of Invest an Acre Project

Contact: Elaine Davis, 4-H youth program assistant
Headquartered in Barton County
Tel: (417) 682-3579

LAMAR, Mo. -- The Barton County 4-H clubs are involved in a community service project working with Missouri 4-H Feeding Communities and the Invest an Acre Project.

On Aug. 1, Barton County 4-H youth met with Gordon Day, food resource manager and Denise Gibson, director of development for the Ozark Harvest Food Bank in Springfield Mo.

The 4-H youth presented $301.00 in cash to the Ozark Food Bank from a barbeque dinner served July 30 at Barton County Extension’s Seed and Farm Grain Bin Tour in Liberal to community farmers and community leaders . The proceeds were ear marked for The Ozark Harvest Food bank and returning back resources to local community. Monsanto will match that donation making the donation to the Ozark Harvest Food Bank $602.00.

The 4-H youth met with staff at the food bank and learned that for every $1 donated the food bank provides $10 worth of food distribution. That means this donations has the buying power of over $6,020.

Barton County is served by the food bank with resources going to Good Samaritan Food Pantry and AOK -About our Kids. The Ozark Harvest Food bank located in Southwest Missouri is the only food bank that provides food to a network of more the 300 agency’s in 28 counties.

The food bank is supported through individual donations, support from foundations and community partners and distributes more than 11 million pounds of food annually.

 “Thank you to the Barton County Community for making this a opportunity for our 4-H you to learn by doing, possible,” said Davis.

For information on 4-H contact any of these 4-H youth development specialists in southwest Missouri: Karla Deaver in Lawrence County at (417) 466-3102; Velynda Cameron in Polk County at (417) 326-4916; Bob McNary in Jasper County at (417) 358-2158; Amy Patillo in Howell County at (417) 256-2391; or Jeremy Elliott-Engel in Newton County at (417) 455-9500.


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