SPRINGFIELD, Mo.- The 10th annual “Cans for Coffee” begins Monday, Oct. 30 and runs through Nov. 26.
McDonald’s restaurants across the Ozarks are collecting non-persishable donations in exchange for coffee. Customers who donate one item, which goes to Ozarks Food Harvest, will receive one free small McCafe beverage.
Customers can bring their donations to the front counter or drive-thru window. They can then choose a free latte, hot chocolate, Americano, mocha, cappuccino, hot or iced macchiato, or coffee.
“McDonald’s ‘Cans for Coffee’ has become a staple in the fight to end hunger across the Ozarks,” said Andi Hilburn-Vaini, McDonald’s of the Ozarks Co-Op president and local McDonald’s owner-operator. “We are so humbled and proud that this is the tenth year we have been able to give back to the communities we serve with such a large and successful program. Our crew and customers alike are the most kind and generous people. Together, we hope to make a substantial impact to help our neighbors in need as we approach the holiday season.”
More than 65 local McDonald’s collect the nonperishable food donations for Ozarks Food Harvest to distribute across its network of 270 food pantries and hunger-relief programs in 28 counties. Stores outside The Food Bank’s network benefit neighboring food banks and pantries.
Since 2008, McDonald’s of the Ozarks has collected more than 232,000 pounds of food – 194,000 meals – from community members through “Cans for Coffee.”
“This promotion with local McDonald’s stores has provided hundreds of thousands of much-needed meals over the past ten years,” said Denise Gibson, development and communication director at Ozarks Food Harvest. “We’re grateful for the store operators and customers who participate each year to help their neighbors in need.”
Ozarks Food Harvest requests food donations rich in protein like peanut butter, tuna, salmon and other canned meat. Donations of canned beans, soups and stews, vegetables and fruits are also requested.