Youth in Agriculture Feed Oklahoma
Diamond Hats and FFA Youth Teamed Up to Fight Hunger
April 27, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Diamond Hats recently teamed up with the Youth Expo for the first annual “This One’s for the Girls” food drive, which collected more than 700 pounds of food. Additionally, FFA and 4-H members joined forces to donate 12 hogs and a steer to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
“We wanted to donate a few of our show pigs,” said FFA Member Chelsie Livingston. “What’s best about this project is that it’s youth giving back to Oklahoma.”
The following FFA and 4-H students participated in the donation: Regan Herren from El Reno; Tanner Bensch, Kristin Combs, Caleb and Miranda Gilchrist, Chelsie and Kaci Livingston, and Ryan Sanders from Seiling; and Kylie Bryen from Thomas.
“This project was a win-win,” said Diamond Hats Member Tammi Didlot. “What’s better than having Oklahoma Agriculture Youth providing food for other youth in need? The Diamond Hats mission is to support youth in agriculture and it is very rewarding to see these great young people already giving back to their communities.”
One in seven Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day.
“We want to thank the Diamond Hats and the Youth for this donation, which will provide nearly 1,500 meals to the hungry,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Donations like this are needed more than ever during the summer when school is out and children no longer have access to school-sponsored meals.”
During fiscal year 2010, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 36.5 million pounds of food and products to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties. The nonprofit expects to distribute close to 44 million pounds of food this fiscal year.
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 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 386 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.