In honor of Feeding America’s Hunger Action Month, Ozarks Food Harvest has rallied multiple businesses in the Springfield, Missouri, food-and-drink industry to support its efforts.

In southwest Missouri, 15 percent of the population is food insecure, according to Ozarks Food Harvest, and 67 percent of the households that the organization serves have to choose between buying food and paying utilities. Throughout the month of September, you can attend an event or even make a drink or dessert purchase to support those in need.

“Every year, we look forward to September because of how involved our community gets in hunger relief,” says Sarah Byrd, community engagement coordinator of Ozarks Food Harvest. “Whether a local business or an individual, our supporters help hundreds of at-risk students experiencing food insecurity.”

A $1 donation to the food bank can provide four meals or $10 worth of groceries to families in the area, while every $360 raised gives one child a bag of nutritious food items to take home every Friday of the school year.

“For Hunger Action Month, we’re bringing awareness to the issue of hunger and how food banks like Ozarks Food Harvest can stretch a donor’s dollar as far as it can go because of our infrastructure,” Byrd says. “That infrastructure is also what allowed us to distribute a record-breaking 23 million meals in the past year.”

Visit these Hunger Action Month partner locations to join the mission to end hunger in southwest Missouri.