SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -

Award-winning artist Hunter Hayes is performing at JQH Arena on Saturday and he’s lending his voice to help spread awareness of child hunger in southwest Missouri, thanks to a partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest and ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program.

Ozarks Food Harvest is one of 10 U.S. food banks that have the unique opportunity to benefit from Hayes’ “We’re Not Invisible” tour, which will include a food and fund drive outside JQH in the hours leading up to the concert.  For every $5 or five nonperishable food items donated outside at the Ozarks Food Harvest van, donors can enter to win two sets of tickets, a pair of “Meet & Greet” passes and tour t-shirts—all donated by 94.7 KTTS and ConAgra Foods Foundation.  The first drawing will be between 5–6:30 p.m.

Inside the venue, from 5:30–8:30 p.m., concert-goers can participate at a “Hope Grocery” booth by “shopping” from store shelves, choosing a ConAgra Foods or P&G product with the red push pin “Child Hunger Ends Here” label and taking the product to a “check-out stand.” There, they’ll enter the code from the product into a system in order to provide one meal to a child in need. Also when the code is entered, concert-goers will learn if they’ve won a prize for participating, including a chance to meet Hunter Hayes, ticket upgrades or autographed items. OFH staff will also man a table near “Hope Grocery.”

The “Hope Grocery” concept shows consumers how they can take action after the concert.  ConAgra Foods and P&G have a goal to help donate up to 7 million meals through the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. 

To participate, look for the red pushpin and locate the code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods and P&G products.  For each 8-digit code entered at www.ChildHungerEndsHere.com or Facebook.com/ChildHungerEndsHere from March through August 2014, ConAgra Foods or P&G, respectively, will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to help feed those in need, including children in southwest Missouri.

In Hunter Hayes’ new hit single, “Invisible,” he brings visibility to the nearly 16 million children who are living in food insecure households in the United States, which includes one in four children in Ozarks Food Harvest’s 28-county service area.

“I’m proud to partner with ConAgra Foods’ Child Hunger Ends Here program to share the message of hope in the fight against child hunger,” Hayes says. “My new single ‘Invisible’ speaks to anyone who has ever felt outcast, alone, or invisible, including children who suffer from food insecurity. Hungry kids are in our schools, our neighborhoods and even right next door.”

You can buy concert tickets online.  It starts at 7,