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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Community Relations Director
The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination
Office: (417) 862-5509 ext. 116
Cell: (417) 763-1357
GREATER SPRINGFIELD FARMER'S MARKET
HELPS THE SALVATION ARMY FEED FAMILIES
GSFM will donate more than 1,000 lbs. of fresh local produce to help feed local families
Springfield, MO (August 02, 2012) The Greater Springfield Farmers' Market & The Salvation Army are teaming up to help feed our local Ozarks neighbors in need.
When growers of the Greater Springfield Farmers' Market recently heard in the local media that the shelves at The Salvation Army's Emergency Food Panty were running bare they didn't let any grass grow under their feet before contacting the organization to help.
On August 4th, the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market has invited The Salvation Army to set up a booth for representatives to accept *nonperishable food items & monetary donations from 8 am until 1 pm during its weekly Saturday market. Then on Tuesday August 7th, GSFM members will donate approximately 1,000 lbs. of fresh locally-grown produce to the organization to be distributed to local families through its weekly Emergency Food Pantry. The Greater Springfield Farmer's Market is located on the southeast corner of Battlefield Mall's parking lot - 2951 S. Glenstone Ave.
"We are delighted and so very thankful that the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market has generously offered to help us help local families in need." Major Norman Grainger, Ozark Area Coordinator, said. "This is truly an example of Springfield helping Springfield."
The Greater Springfield Farmer's Market is a growers-only market and is the largest of its kind in Missouri. According to Brad Gray, GSFM Market Manager, many of the growers planted extra produce this year with the sole intent of helping local Ozarks' food pantries, like The Salvation Army's.
"Because our community so strongly supports our local farmers, our local farmers are enabled to give back to help support our community," Gray said. So far this year, members of the GSFM have donated more than 30,000 pounds of fresh, locally-grown produce to a variety of worthy recipients.
On Tuesday August 7th, a large Salvation Army donation truck will be on hand to accept the GSFM's donation at the end of Tuesday's market. The Salvation Army will then distribute the produce the very next day to the more than 100 households that are expected to come to the Emergency Food Pantry for help feeding their families.
*Nonperishable food items that are most needed include, peanut butter, breakfast cereals, canned meats, pasta & pasta sauces, boxed dinners, oatmeal, baby food & infant care tems.
For more information about The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination or to find out how you can help please call (417) 862-5509 ext.116 or visit www.usc.salvationarmy.org/springfield-mo.
For more information about the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market please call (417) 708-1909 or visit www.springfieldfarmersmarket.com .
To support the year-round outreach of The Salvation Army Ozark Area Coordination financial contributions can be sent to The Salvation Army, P.O Box 9685 in Springfield MO, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY or by visiting http://donate.salvationarmyusa.org - 82¢ of every single dollar goes directly toward programs & services that help local Ozarks residents in need.
About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. 82 cents of every dollar The Salvation Army spends is used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. For more information, visit www.salvationarmyusa.org.