Missouri State University - West Plains

Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Pantry

The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Pantry truck will arrive in West Plains once a month. A voucher is required to receive food.

Prequalification will be held on the first Wednesday of each month from 4 – 5:45 PM at the West Plains Public Library Community Room, 750 W. Broadway, where volunteers will verify documentation and give vouchers for the truck date. Only people with vouchers will receive food from the truck.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance are:

  • Families with children ages 0-18 who live within Howell County, including the communities of West Plains, Willow Springs and Mountain View; or
  • Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains or South Central Career Center.

To pre-qualify, please bring:

  • Driver’s license or photo ID
  • Proof of Howell County residency (does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students):
    • Electric bill or mail received at current Howell County address
    • Howell County voter registration card OR property tax bill
  • Verification of income or unemployment
  • Missouri State-West Plains students need to bring their student ID AND a current class schedule
  • Proof of children's names and ages
  • Telephone number

Income criteria for these two groups are based on 200 percent of poverty guidelines.

2013 Income Guidelines

Size of FamilyAnnual 100% of PovertyAnnual 125% of PovertyAnnual 200% of Poverty
1 $11,490 $14,362 $22,980
2 $15,510 $19,387 $31,020
3 $19,530 $24,412 $39,060
4 $23,550 $29,437 $47,100
5 $27,570 $34,462 $55,140
6 $31,590 $39,487 $63,180
7 $35,610 $44,512 $71,220
8 $39,630 $49,537 $79,260
Over 8 Members $4,020 per member $5,025 per member $8,040 per member

The truck will unload its 10,000 pounds of food and grocery products from 10 AM to noon each month for 250 qualifying families. The truck is designed not to duplicate but instead supplement services already being provided by area food banks. In case of rain, the truck will unload inside the exhibit hall at the Civic Center. Clients are encouraged to bring boxes, laundry baskets, etc. to help in carrying items back to their cars.

The Lelia Heuer Foundation graciously funded the first six months of the project and later granted a request to sponsor an additional 12 months. The project is continuing thanks to the generosity of local individuals, businesses and organizations. It is hoped community agencies and groups will continue sponsoring successive months for $1,000 per month and that the food harvest distribution will become a community effort with a group of community individuals taking the lead for oversight of the project.  The program began in April 2010.  More sponsors are needed to ensure the project continues without interruption.

Community organizations, businesses and individuals who have sponsored the food distribution include the Salvation Army, Colton Johnson, Victory Family Worship Center, Grace Community Church, Burton Creek Medical Clinic, Christos House, Sunrise Rotary, Noon Rotary, First Church of God, Kiwanis Club, First Christian Church, the Girl Scouts, West Plains Ba Hai group, Dale and Jan Rickert, West Vue Nursing Home, West Plains Electric Supply, Word of Life Ministry, United Freewill Baptist Church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Renee Cawvey, Willow Springs General Baptist Church, Rick and Sherri Jolliff, West Plains Daily Quill employees, Bill and Pam Hutchings, Unitarian Universalist Church of West Plains, Bethel Baptist Church, Reba Barnhart, Hazel Evins, Stewart-Morrison Redi-Mix, Greater Ozarks Marine Corps League, Young Adults Over 50 Class at Bethel Baptist Church, First Presbyterian Church, Jerome Quinn and Elizabeth Grisham.

Thank you to the West Plains Public Library and the West Plains Civic Center for donating their spaces to make this project possible.

Questions concerning the program should be directed to the American Red Cross office in West Plains by calling 417-257-0018.

Ozarks Food Harvest is the only food bank in southwest Missouri, serving more than 300 hunger relief organizations, reaching 80,000 individuals monthly across 28 Ozarks counties. The Food Bank distributes 12 million pounds of food each year—made possible due to its network of charities and direct service programs such as the Weekend Backpack Program™, Kids Cafe® and the Mobile Food Pantry™ program. Ozarks Food Harvest is a certified member of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the country. Transform Hunger into Hope™ at ozarksfoodharvest.org.