In 1987, Ozark Share and Care was started by several local churches to provide a central place to distribute nourishing food for families. Before that, people in need of assistance would go from church to church requesting help.
The organization started out two mornings a week in a small house in Harrison, Ark., and was run by church volunteers who distributed donated food. Now Share and Care provides food for more than 700 households a month from food and monetary donations.
Ozark Share and Care helps with rent, utilities, prescription medicines and many other things needed in emergency situations in addition to providing food. In 2012, it spent approximately $65,000 assisting with emergency requests. The organization also helps with clothing, household items and furniture, as it’s available in the store.
Though it primarily serves Boone County with food, it won’t turn anyone away when food, clothing or household items are needed. When helping with rent, utilities, etc., Ozark Share and Care focuses on Boone County residents and requires clients to bring proof of income and identification for each household member. For out-of-county requests, it refers applicants to programs in their own area, if possible. In coordination with the local Rotary Club, Share and Care operates a free dental clinic and provides $300 per month to help maintain the program.
Ozark Share and Care is unique because it doesn’t receive public funds, United Way or government grants. Instead, it sells new and donated items in its thrift store to provide funding for its program. It also receives private donations as well as corporate grants and donations. To function smoothly, the organization employs four full-time staff, two part-time staff and utilizes more than 2,300 volunteers. To volunteer, drop by the thrift store and pick up an application. For additional information, contact the organization at (870) 741-3130 or email email@example.com.
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You can make a donation through any of the following methods:
- Donate via Phone – Customers can make a $1 (or more) donation by calling (866) 952-9523.
- Donate via Mail – Mail a check to Arvest Bank Operations, ATTN: 1MM, PO Box 799, Lowell, AR 72745. Include 1 Million Meals in the memo line of the check.
- Purchase a Paper Can – Purchase a 1 Million Meals paper can for $1 at any Arvest Bank branch. Each paper can purchased funds five meals. Donations of larger amounts also accepted.
- Drop Off Food Items – All Arvest Bank branch locations will be accepting nonperishable food items. Donated items will be delivered to local food partners for distribution.
Arvest will donate on your behalf if you:
- “Like” or "Share" a 1 Million Meals post on Arvest’s Facebook page.* Arvest will donate $1 on your behalf for every Facebook "like" or "share," resulting in five more meals toward the overall goal of one million meals.
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- "Retweet" our 1 Million Meals tweets from @ArvestBank* on designated promotion days – Sept. 19 and Oct. 10. For every retweet on those days, we’ll donate $1, or five meals, to your neighbors in need.
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