Schools invited to participate in food and fund drive

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The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites schools and students in Bryan County to participate in the 10th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, which runs September 29th through November 7th. In Bryan County, food donations stay local and will benefit a food pantry or soup kitchen in Bryan County.

Every dollar donated will provide five meals to feed hungry Oklahomans this winter. Students are encouraged to raise funds and non-perishable food donations to help the Regional Food Bank, and its partner agencies reach their goal of providing at least 450,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans this winter.

“The food donations collected from this drive will stay local and arrive just in time for the holidays,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This food drive provides an opportunity for youth to join the fight against hunger and make an impact in their community.”

Middle, elementary and high schools that collect the most pounds per student will receive awards and media recognition in honor of their accomplishment. Last year, Bishop McGuiness Catholic High School raised 112,500 pounds of food for hungry Oklahomans. The school has collected more than 907,500 pounds of food through this food drive since 1987 and hopes to pass the 1 million pound mark this year.

Last year, 211 schools and youth groups across central and western Oklahoma collected nearly 190,000 pounds of food and $59,849 in net proceeds.

As part of the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, the Regional Food Bank encourages schools to apply the Hunger 101 curriculum, which educates students from all backgrounds on local hunger issues and empowers them to take part in the fight against hunger Oklahoma. The curriculum includes: pass skill/core standard aligned activities, supplemental worksheets that reinforce principles from the activities and a variety of teacher resources. For more information about Hunger 101, visit regionalfoodbank.org/hunger101.

“Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 hungriest states in America,” said Bivens. “Through their participation in this drive, students can make a difference in the life of a hungry Oklahoman. We thank all of the participating schools, sponsors, and donors for making sure our neighbors have enough food to put on their tables.”

To sign up your school to participate in the drive visit regionalfoodbank.org, call 405. 405.600.3132 or e-mail croberts@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.

Together, we can solve hunger. Top of the World and three caring, local families have issued a $100,000 matching gift challenge to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Every dollar donated between now and September 30, up to $100,000, will have twice the impact on the fight against childhood hunger. To make a tax-deductible donation to Food for Kids, or for more information about the program, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call Vinita Musapeta at 405.600.3136.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,100 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 535 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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