With the beginning of the new school year comes an opportunity for students to make a difference in the lives of hungry Oklahomans.
The 10th Annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive runs from Sept. 29 through Nov. 7. In Grady County, these food donations stay local and will benefit a food pantry or soup kitchen within the county, according to a release from theRegional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
“Oklahoma ranks among the top 10 hungriest states in America,” Rodney Bivens, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, said.
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.
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, 211 schools and youth groups across central and western Oklahoma collected nearly 190,000 pounds of food and $59,849 in net proceeds.
In addition to being beneficial to the Grady County community, participating in the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive can be educational.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma website has an online curriculum called Hunger 101 that educates students on local hunger issues. There are activities for students in the third grade through high school seniors.
The curriculum can be used as a companion to the food/fund drive, service learning or as a standalone exercise. The curriculum can be found online at regionalfoodbank.org/hunger101.
The Students Against Hunger food drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
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.