The 13th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, coordinated through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, raised more than 144,000 pounds of food and $38,100, which will provide nearly 311,000 meals for people living with hunger throughout central and western Oklahoma this holiday season. In Ponca City alone, Ponca City Christian Academy and Kildare School raised 1,121 pounds of food for New Emergency Resource Agency, a Food & Resource Center that partners with the Regional Food Bank to fight hunger year-round.
“Support for the fight against hunger in Oklahoma is more critical than ever before,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “One in four children in Oklahoman has inconsistent access to healthy food. Through Students Against Hunger, students are not only providing food for families this winter, they are also learning a valuable life lesson – the importance of giving back to their community.”
The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 people each week. The majority of people served by the nonprofit are chronically hungry children, seniors on limited incomes and families working hard to put food on the table.
The Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, APMEX.com, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.