Tuesday was the first of many potential gifts the Crisis Center will receive in the coming year.
Ozarks Food Harvest, a food bank based out of Springfield, Mo., has been in the Carthage Crisis Center food network for several years along with approximately 250 other agencies and organizations in 28 counties in Missouri. The center has helped distribute food throughout southwest Missouri and northeast Kansas with a mutual mission.
“Our mission is feed our neighbors,” said Gordon Day, food resource manager for Ozarks Food Harvest. “The need is great.”
A semi truck pulled into the Crisis Center parking lot on Tuesday with 35 pallets of pies, cake and bread. The center then distributed the gift throughout a network of about 60 agencies and organizations.
“What a tremendous blessing,” said Brian Bisbee, executive director for the Crisis Center. “We're not going to keep any of this here – yes, we're doing well. Isn't that wonderful? Our neighbor over here (Midwest Ag Supply) is letting us borrow their forklift so it's a community effort … And no better time than now as families gear up for Christmas.”
Bisbee said the partnership with Ozarks Food Harvest will potentially bring a much larger supply the area throughout 2013.
“We need it,” said Martha Franklin, picking up a supply for the River Street Food Pantry. “Our distribution is Wednesday so this couldn't of come at a better time.”
In the packed and active parking lot of the Crisis Center, Mark Gouge, with Freedom Worship Center in Joplin, waited for his turn to move his truck.
“Isn't this great,” he said. “A lot of families around here will be very blessed.”