From the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma:

 

(Lawton, Okla.) – Oct. 6, 2014 – Through the annual Students Against Hunger Food Drive, schools in central and western Oklahoma are collecting food and fund donations through Nov. 7th to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies.  To date, nearly 160 schools are fighting hunger by participating in this food and fund drive.  In Lawton, MacArthur High School, St. Mary's Catholic School, Ridgecrest, Edison Elementary and Flower Mound Public School schools are participating in the drive, which benefits Lawton Food Bank.

 

“Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Everyone can make a difference in their community by supporting this student-led food and fund drive. We thank all of the participating schools, sponsors, and donors for making sure our hungry Oklahoma neighbors have enough food for their families this winter.”

 

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 for hungry Oklahomans.  The goal of the food drive is to raise more than 450,000 meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.

 

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. The school has collected more than 907,500 pounds of food since 1987 and hopes to pass the 1 million pound mark this year.

 

Together, we can solve hunger.  To sign up to participate visit regionalfoodbank.org, call 405.600.3132 or e-mail Clifton Roberts at 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.