SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- The "Check Out Hunger" campaign began in supermarkets around the Ozarks on Monday. It allows shoppers to add $1 to their grocery bill which goes to Ozarks Food Harvest's network of charities. Those charities feed more than 14,000 people every week. The campaign will continue through December 31st.Participating grocery stores include Akin's, Bistro Market, Country Mart, Dillons, Harter House, Murfin's Market, Price Cutter, Ramey, Smillie's Market, Smitty's, Summer Fresh Supermarket and Woods Supermarket.
"Shoppers will find displays and scan cards in the check-out lanes at their local grocery stores. When a shopper chooses to add a donation of choice to his or her grocery bill, the cashier simply scans the donation barcode and the donor signs a donor card for display. The donation is added to the bill and appears on the receipt," said Lindsey Neddenriep of Ozarks Food Harvest.
“We are honored to partner with Ozarks Food Harvest to help feed the hungry in southwest Missouri over the holidays,” said Bill Smillie, executive director of the Ozark Empire Grocers Association. “Many of our members have been partnering with The Food Bank since the conception of this program. Our primary goal in our industry is to provide safe and quality food to the public, so we feel there’s no better organization to support than Ozarks Food Harvest.”