Local organizations that are helping during the corona-pandemic

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — With COVID-19 causing the closing of multiple businesses and schools, several other organizations are working to help those impacted.

Here are some local organizations who are helping those in need:

Nonprofits

  • Ozarks Food HarvestWill provide additional meals to children who take part in The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program
  • If you want to help immediately, you can donate money at ozarksfoodharvest.org
  • Community Foundation of the Ozarks
    • Opening a COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund to accept donations to support nonprofits.
    • Donations can be made at cfozarks.org/donate
  • Convoy of Hope 
    • Will provide 50 truckloads of emergency food and water to those impacted by COVID-19
    • You can also donate at convoyofhope.org/covid19
  • Salvation Army Springfield, Mo. 
    • The food pantry will remain open on Wednesday but will be operating through a drive-thru
    • Front-Line Feeding Program will be served in take-out boxes
    • Senior Meal Lunch Program will be temporarily transferred to Frontline Feeding Program
    • You can donate at https://www.salvationarmyspringfield.org/donate, mail donations to The Salvation Army – P.O. Box 9685, Springfield, MO 65801 or text SAL to 24365 to give from a mobile device
  • Safe and Sober
    • Will provide tips, information, and support on substance use and mental health

School districts providing student meals

  • Pierce City School DistrictOffering breakfasts and lunches to students
    • Drive-thru at the entryway of the high school cafeteria
    • Volunteers will deliver them to homes if necessary
    • Meals provided Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 to 10:30 while school is out
  • Nixa Public School district offering 
    • free daily grab-and-go food pickup
    • Breakfast and lunch will be delivered together at the same time each morning
    • Click HERE to fill out the breakfast and lunch form
    • Exact pickup spots for food will be communicated out later this week to those who have signed up
  • Springfield Public Schools
    • Beginning Monday, March 23, free breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at every
  • Willard School District
    • Grab & Go options and delivery upon request.
    • Grab & Go meals will include breakfast and lunch each day Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM available at Willard South Elementary, Willard Intermediate School- South, and Willard High School.
    • CHILDREN MUST BE PRESENT to receive food. No sign-up or registration required to pick up Grab & Go meals
    • At this time, Grab & Go Meals will be provided through April 3rd
  • Marshfield School District
    • Giving over 2,000 free meals every day to any child 18 and under.
    • Pick-up is at Marshfield Jr. High from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Can also pick up from five bus stop locations
      • Born Again Church on A Highway
      • Prospect Church on East 38 Highway
      • Mission Home Church on W Highway
      • Elkland Independent Methodist Church
      • The Northview Store

* Willard schools are also offering FREE childcare for healthcare workers, first responders, and police officers! Check out their website for further details.

  • Republic School District
    • Free, daily grab-and-go food lunch pickup at Republic Middle School, beginning Wednesday, March 25 and other designated locations across the community starting Monday, March 30 for any Republic school-aged children
    • Grab-and-go food will be available Monday-Friday
    • Carline at Republic Middle School (BEGINS MARCH 25): Open 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Check out their website for further details
  • Ozark School District
    • Free breakfast and lunch to any child age 2-18 while schools are closed March 23 – April 3.
    • Families who would like to participate in this feeding program must fill out the registration form
    • Breakfast and Lunches are provided at West Elementary, South Elementary, and Ozark High School from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Children need to be in the car when picking up meals.
  • Ash Grove School District 
    • Offering free breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m Monday – Friday
    • Pickup will be at the High school
    • The district will also be running the bus routes for families who can’t go pick up the meals from the high school

* Ash Grove School district is also offering Life360 meals to families, for more information call the school district.

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