FOOD AND FUND
The Thunder will participate in Gov. Mary Fallin's “Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive,” and fans attending the game against Cleveland on Sunday are encouraged to drop off donations before the game.
Fans may deliver donations of nonperishable food items, such as canned goods, peanut butter and pasta, before the game to either of two tents on Reno Avenue, stationed near the northwest and northeast entrances of the arena. Volunteers will begin collecting items at 3 p.m. during the Thunder Alley pregame festivities.
Any fan who donates to the drive can enter a raffle to win Thunder prizes, including team-signed balls, player-autographed shoes and tickets to an upcoming Thunder home game. The donation drive will conclude when the game tips off at 6 p.m.
Homeland will match the donations that the Thunder collects on Sunday.
Brooks once again is helping feed hungry Oklahoma children by donating almonds to the Regional Food Bank through GiveBack2God, a nonprofit organization he co-founded in 2009 with friend Mike Kooyman.
Packages of almonds were distributed to chronically hungry elementary schoolchildren though the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids Backpack Program. Since the partnership began in 2010, more than 37,000 pounds of almonds have been donated.
One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day and research shows children living in food-insecure households have more difficulty concentrating in school than children in food-secure households.
The Backpack Program, which started in 2003, provides chronically hungry elementary schoolchildren with a backpack filled with nonperishable, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year. Last school year, more than 13,500 students in 475 schools participated in the Backpack Program.