Posted November 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

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– The Church of Christ Food Pantry at 302 Hospital Road in El Dorado Springs has received $6,117.71 in new funding. The grant, made possible by the Wal-Mart State Giving Foundation in cooperation with the Ozarks Food Harvest and the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation, will be used to leverage about $60,000 worth of food distribution for chronically hungry residents in El Dorado Springs.

Bart Brown, CEO at Ozarks Food Harvest, said, “There’s a growing population of clients who are not eligible for government assistance such as WIC or the National School Lunch Program. The ‘gap’ truly relies on our member pantries and feeding sites to help feed their families. The current child food insecurity rate is sobering . More than a quarter of our children – five percent higher than the national rate – now face hunger or do not know where their next meal is coming from.”

Ozarks Food Harvest is the Feeding America food bank for Southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations across 28 Ozark counties.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is a public charitable foundation with a network of 44 affiliate foundations across the Missouri Ozarks that overlaps with much of the Ozark’s Food Harvest service regions. Pictured are (from left) Stephanie Stutter and Danita Ehlers Church of Christ Food Pantry volunteers, Kay Forest, president of the El Dorado Springs Community Foundation and Winter Skelton Development Operations officer of the Community Foundations of the Ozarks.