SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (Editor’s Press Release/KY3) – Ozarks Food Harvest will receive more than 7,300 pounds of chicken this holiday season thanks to Smart Chicken’s 20th annual Smart Giving Holiday Challenge.
The Ozarks Harvest Food Bank will distribute the chicken to its network of 270 community and faith-based charities to help meet growing food needs in Southwest Missouri. Smart Chicken’s Smart Giving Holiday Challenge donates 10 percent of November poultry purchases at various retailers to Ozarks Food Harvest. Participating retailers include Apple Market, Country Mart, Food 4 Less, G&W Foods, Harter House, Price Cutter, Town and Country and Woods Supermarket.
“We are grateful to Smart Chicken for donating protein during a time of incredible need for Ozarks Food Harvest,” said Ozarks Food Harvest President and CEO Bart Brown. “With grocery and utility bills continuing to rise, this donation comes at an opportune time.”
Ozarks Food Harvest reports that more families are now turning to their network of 270 community and faith partners for food assistance than they were at the height of the pandemic. Over the past three months, the food bank’s network has served an average of 62,000 people per month, an increase of nearly 12,000 compared to the same period in 2020 and 2021.
“We want to thank our local grocers for encouraging customers to help their neighbors during our Smart Giving Holiday Challenge,” said Joe Horvath, account manager for Smart Chicken. “As more and more families face hunger this holiday season, we’re excited to give back to the community.”
Since 2004, Ozarks Food Harvest has received over 147,000 pounds of poultry from Smart Chicken.
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