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We’re celebrating Oktoberfest at Farmers Gastropub and excited to partner with Mother’s Brewing Company and The River 106.7 to kick off the Cause Momentum campaign for Springfield Community Gardens . Please join us on September 26th from 11 am – 3pm in the parking lot in the Brentwood Center in front of Farmers Gastropub! We will be featuring local craft beer by Mother’s Brewing Company, delicious foods from Farmers Gastropub, music, games, an amazing raffle & more! All proceeds will benefit Springfield Community Gardens and their vision of a community where everyone has access to healthy, local food.

Purchase tickets for $1 each good for Mother’s beer, Gastropub German food and raffle tickets for chances to win the grand prize. We will begin winding up this fundraising drive (SCG needs $10,000 to get $5,000 in matching $$ from the Darr Family Foundation!) on October 24, at the pub with phenomenal “FOOD DAY” specials. We will share the progress of the Cause Momentum campaign and have opportunities for prizes!

Remember to bring non-perishable food donations for Ozarks Food Harvest , too! Every four canned items earns you a free raffle ticket!

Click here to join the event on Facebook!

Reducing food waste at MSU’s Blair-Shannon Dining Hall and feeding the hungry

MSU Dining Hall and Health Department On Monday, September 22, we began a pilot program thanks to a partnership between Missouri State University’s Dining Services, Ozarks Food Harvest and national organization, The Food Recovery Network.

Every year, the Food Recovery Network (FRN) unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses and the surrounding communities and donating it to people in need. Since September 2011, FRN has donated nearly 500,000 pounds of food.

MSU Ozarks Public Health Institute Student Volunteers Students at MSU’s Ozarks Public Health Institute have formed a local FRN chapter and have recovered 269 pounds of ready-to-eat food from Blair-Shannon Dining Hall that could have otherwise gone to waste. The food is being donated to the South Side and Northview senior centers in Springfield, Missouri.  Types of food being recovered include fresh fruit, meats and beans, rice and pasta dishes as well as milk – all of which provide nutritious supplements to existing menus.

Our pilot program ended on October 17th, which lasted approximately four weeks. Since then, OPHI, Missouri State Dining Services and our partner agencies have collaborated to share stories, successes and the continuum of the program.

To learn more about the food recovery program pilot, join us tomorrow, October 24, at the MSU Plaster Student Union Food Day event .