SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Crosslines, a service agency of the Council of Churches of the Ozarks, is partnering with the Ozark Empire Fair to host the summer’s biggest food drive. 

The food drive arrives at a crucial time for Crosslines.  During the summer months donations can decline while demand for food increases with children being home from school.  “We are grateful for the partnership with the Ozarks Empire Fair. This drive is important to stock the shelves,” stated Tom Faulkner, Crosslines Director.

The food drive offers a great incentive for fair attendees while helping the hungry in our community.  Fair attendees bringing two cans of non-perishable food items receive $1 off a general admission ticket.  The food is collected at entry gates throughout the duration of the fair.  Hundreds of volunteers will be assisting with collecting the food with a goal to collect 100,000 pounds of food.  

All sorts of canned goods are needed.  The non-perishable items that are most needed include: canned vegetables (tomato paste, beans, corn, green beans, and carrots); canned fruit (pears, peaches, mixed fruit, mandarin oranges); canned meats (chicken, tuna, salmon, beef ravioli); peanut butter.  Items that are low in sugar, no sugar, or packed in water are always needed.

Crosslines food pantry provides food directly to qualifying residents in Greene County.  Crosslines provided 51,500 people with food assistance last year with a 42% increase in demand.  Currently, Crosslines has had a 11% increase in people seeking food assistance.