In Oklahoma, hunger affects 675,000 people. The statistics are distressing: One in six Oklahomans wakes up each morning not knowing where his or her next meal may come from; one in four Oklahoma children is at risk of going hungry daily.
Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top 10 hungriest states in the nation. In May, the state was devastated by tornadoes, further increasing the number of families who are food-insecure in Oklahoma. Oklahoma food banks provide enough food for more than 150,000 people each week. Demand increases during the holidays.
As the holiday season approaches and all of its wonderful meals are being planned, we must remember our neighbors and lend a helping hand. The fourth annual Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive is underway, with a goal of collecting 1.4 million meals to feed hungry Oklahomans. We can reach this goal if every able Oklahoman joins us in the fight against hunger by donating time and resources.
By taking healthy, nonperishable food, like canned meat or vegetables, to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma in Tulsa or any of the designated statewide drop-off locations, you can be a vital part in feeding Oklahoma's hungry.
Gov. Mary Fallin, Oklahoma City
Fallin is chairing this year's Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive (www.feedingoklahoma.org).