Ozarks Food Harvest and Alice 95.5’s 16th annual radio-thon, Hungerthon, wrapped up on Monday, September 8, raising 132,581.50 for The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program—the most ever collected during the annual event.
Alice 95.5 personalities Kevin Howard and Liz Delany hosted Hungerthon, beginning last Friday morning at 6 a.m. outside the Historic Tower Theater in Springfield. Those involved spent close to 30 hours since last Friday raising money for Ozarks Food Harvest.
This year’s goal of $125,000 was exceeded, providing 442 at-risk children across the Ozarks with Weekend Backpack Program food bags. The program provides food insecure children with nutritious, child-friendly food items to take home over the weekends.
Several backpacks were matched by community businesses and foundations including MassMutual Financial Group, The Musgrave Foundation, Peck’s Insurance & Financial Services, Springfield Grocer Company, SRC Holdings, Taylor Communications and the Tal & Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten Family Foundation, Yahweh’s Place of Cedarville, MO and many others.
Event sponsors included Family Pharmacy and Sonic. Power Hour sponsors included Air Services, Bambino’s, Big Whiskey’s, Columbia College, Coyote’s Adobe Café, Fire and Ice, Krispy Kreme, May Motor Company, McKowen Family Dental, Metal Depots, Qdoba/Morelock Ross, The Buzz, Title Boxing and Wickman’s.
Forty-six southwest Missouri schools participate in Ozarks Food Harvest’s Backpack Program, which distributes more than 50,000 backpacks annually.
If community members were unable to participate in the community-wide event Sept. 5–8, pledges can still be made at Ozarks Food Harvest or securely online at ozarksfoodharvest.org. For a donation of $300, or $25 monthly, a child will receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, two snacks, drinks and hygiene items every single weekend of an entire school year. Donors can also sponsor a child for a semester at $150, or 12.50 monthly. For more information, call (417) 865-3411.
Last year’s event raised $128,901. Since 1999, more than $1 million has been raised through Hungerthon. Find out more about local Hunger Action Month activities at ozarksfoodharvest.org/HAM14.html.