As one in six Oklahomans is wondering where the next meal will come from, the annual Feeding Oklahoma food drive is wrapping up.
Gov. Mary Fallin's October food drive ends Thursday.
“We are well on our way to meeting our goal of 1.4 million meals,” Fallin said.
“We are counting on Oklahomans to come through for our food banks, as well as hungry families, the elderly, children and those affected by the May tornadoes.”
The food drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and partner agencies across the state.
It precedes the holiday season and winter months, when some people have to choose between buying groceries and paying their heating bills, said Angie Gaines, spokeswoman for the Regional Food Bank.
Donations often increase during the holiday season, but hunger is a year-round problem.
“There's always a constant need to help those struggling with hunger,” Gaines said.
Organizers say more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day — most of them are the working poor, children and seniors living on fixed incomes.
Last year, the Feeding Oklahoma food drive raised enough food and money to provide more than 1.6 million meals.
The results of this year's drive will be announced Nov. 6.
“The community has been very generous in their donations,” Gaines said.
The Regional Food Bank distributes food to a number of agencies that provide meals to people in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma distributes food and other grocery items to 450 programs in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma.
The food banks are looking for healthy, nonperishable food, like canned meat or vegetables.
People also can make a monetary donation.