Ozark Natural Foods to raise funds for better school lunches

No disrespect to the school cafeteria workers of the world, but try as they might, they’ve never been known for their culinary prowess. Sorry. It’s true.

That’s partly because the lunch ladies/lunch dudes of the world don’t have a whole lot of budget to work with, but Ozark Natural Foods is hoping to change that in Fayetteville this year.

ONF is hosting a silent auction during their annual Owners Appreciation Weekend from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on July 16, and they’re hoping to raise enough money to double the $1.10 per-lunch budget that the school currently receives from the USDA.

The silent auction will take place at a vendor fair set up at the co-op that weekend. Auction items include gym memberships, a night at a local hotel, massages, gift cards, a sustainable paint kit and more.

Donations for the program will also be accepted at the cash registers inside the co-op during the same weekend (July 16-17), and all of the money raised will go to toward providing fresher, healthier lunches for children at Fayetteville Public Schools.

More information on the fundraiser is available at the Ozark Natural Foods blog.