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(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, October 2, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number to the prequalification. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students.

The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry provides food and grocery products for up to 250 qualifying families each month. The first delivery arrived April 13, 2010. The next prequalification date is November 6, 2013.

The mobile pantry is designed not to duplicate, but instead supplement services already being provided by area food banks, organizers said, adding volunteers are needed for prequalification dates, as well as distribution dates.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating, contact officials at the West Plains American Red Cross office at 417-257-0018.

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