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Yogis "Strike a Pose" Against Hunger

Local Yoga Studios Donate Nearly $4,000 to Fight Hunger

February 22, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Fourteen yoga studios around Oklahoma City collectively raised nearly $4,000 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, enough to provide 20,000 meals for hungry Oklahomans.

With one in seven Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day, Martha McQuaid of Spirit House Yoga knew she wanted to do something to help. By combining her passion for charity with her love of yoga, she helped organize the “Strike a Pose for Hunger” event, and encouraged other yoga studios to offer donation based classes and give the proceeds to the Regional Food Bank.

“Spirit House Yoga has been doing donation based classes on Thanksgiving Day and New Years Day for eight years, with proceeds benefiting the Regional Food Bank,” said McQuaid. “I realized that we could make a bigger impact if the yoga community at large would do the same thing in kind, helping people in need and uniting the yoga community for a cause greater than ourselves.  A great teacher, Neem Karoli Baba, instructed us to ‘Love all, feed all, serve all.’ I think this is such a beautiful and simple way to offer back to our community and to serve others. "

Spirit House Yoga’s Saturday morning class on January 21st raised $1,200 with 26 people participating, along with donations from students who were unable to attend. McQuaid decided to create this event because her path of yoga is about service to others.  By offering the donation based class, she gave participants the choice to donate any amount they could. She was overwhelmed by their generosity and looks forward to making “Strike a Pose for Hunger” an annual event and raising more money to help hungry Oklahomans.

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

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 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 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 430 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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