Kum & Go and Ozarks Food Harvest announced a food rescue program earlier today at a grand opening celebration for Kum & Go’s newest Springfield-area store.
Through the food rescue program, Kum & Go donates safe, prepared excess food to Ozarks Food Harvest for distribution to their partner agencies.
Items donated include breakfast sandwiches, hot and cold lunch sandwiches, salad and produce, fresh packaged bread and mini bakery items.
“As we continue to look for ways to reduce waste, help our communities and tackle hunger close to home, we are excited to get the program up and running,” says Derek Nelson, Sustainability Manager for Kum & Go.
This marks the fifth store in the greater Springfield community to donate unsold food to OFH, with plans to continue expanding the program as new stores open.
From the existing stores participating in the food rescue program (located in Mt. Vernon, Ozark and Republic), in October, Kum & Go donated almost 6,000 items, worth a retail value of nearly $18,000.
“One in five children and one in seven adults struggle with hunger in our community. These generous donations from Kum & Go not only reduce food waste, but greatly contribute to our mission of solving hunger in the Ozarks,” says Denise Gibson, Director of Development & Communication at Ozarks Food Harvest, Ozarks Food Harvest.
“We are thrilled to partner with Kum & Go in their food rescue efforts,” says Esther Munch, Development Director at Harmony House, southwest Missouri’s regional domestic violence shelter. “The donation of fresh, healthy foods is welcomed by our residents and will make a wonderful addition to the meals we offer.”
The store is hosting a food drive benefiting OFH today through Monday.
Officials from Kum & Go and OFH were present to say a few words and celebrate together. Kum & Go presented a $1,000 check to OFH as a thank you for their partnership.
Kum & Go operates 44 stores in the Springfield area, and 68 in the state of Missouri. In the next six months, Kum & Go has plans to open four additional newly-built stores in the area.