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The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites Texas County schools and students to participate in the eighth annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, which runs September 24th through Nov. 9.
âThe food and funds collected from this drive will stay local and arrive just in time for the holidays,â said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. âThis food drive is an opportunity for students to positively impact the lives of people in their own community.â
Last year, more than 250 schools and school organizations raised nearly 230,000 pounds of food and more than $60,000. The goal for 2012 is to raise enough food and funds to provide at least 550,000 meals for the hungry.
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.
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation â ranking sixth in food insecurity. Even though the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week, it is still not enough.
Join the fight against hunger today. Contact Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up your school up today for the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive.
The Students Against Hunger food drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association â 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.