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Oklahoma Students CAN Make a Difference

Raising Food and Fund Donations for Hungry Oklahomans

September 24, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Through the Students Against Hunger Food Drive, Oklahoma City schools are collecting food and fund donations through Nov. 9 to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies.  Participating schools include: Bishop McGuinness High School, Casady, Heritage Hall, and John Marshall High School.

“One in seven Oklahomans will struggle with hunger today,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Everyone can make a difference in their own community by supporting this student-led food and fund drive.”

Most needed food items include: canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Monetary donations are also encouraged.  In fact, for every dollar donated to the food drive, the Regional Food Bank can provide five meals to hungry Oklahomans.

To date, more than 150 schools are fighting hunger by participating in the food and fund drive.  For more information, contact Samantha Wilson at 405-600-3143 or swilson@regionalfoodbank.org.

The Students Against Hunger food drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2012, the nonprofit distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 454 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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