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Schools Unite to Fight Hunger

Student Food Drive Feeds the Hungry in Oklahoma City

September 28, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - The seventh annual Students Against Hunger food and fund drive kicks off this week in Oklahoma City.   The food and fund drive, which is coordinated through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, benefits the hungry in central and western Oklahoma and runs through November 11th.

In central and western Oklahoma, nearly 190 schools in 50 cities are participating in the drive.  In Oklahoma City, more than 100 schools in Oklahoma City are collecting donations for the hungry. The goal of Students Against Hunger is to engage students in raising awareness about the issue of hunger while collecting enough food and funds to provide 650,000 meals to feed the hungry. 

“The pantry really helps me out,” said one a recent client of an Oklahoma food pantry.  “I never expected to need help like this. My husband and I donated to the Food Bank for years. When he passed away 10 years ago, I had to stop and now they are helping me.”

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.

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

Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where nearly 600,000 people are food insecure.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week.  The majority of those served by the nonprofit are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

Join the fight against hunger today.  Contact Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109, e-mail againes@regionalfoodbank.org, or visit regionalfoodbank.org to sign-up your school up today for the Students Against Hunger food and fund drive. 

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 501 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.

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