Enough food and money has been donated to provide more than 1.6 million meals for food banks across the state, Gov. Mary Fallin announced Tuesday.
“I want to thank all our generous corporate sponsors and everyone who brought in food items,” Fallin said.
“Your willingness to help our families and neighbors embodies the ‘Oklahoma spirit' that makes our state such a special place to live.
“We hope that this will go a long ways in making a very happy Thanksgiving for a lot of people and a happy holiday season.”
The food drive benefited the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and partner agencies across the state.
The amount exceeded Fallin's goal of providing 1 million meals for hungry Oklahomans this holiday season and more than doubled the 700,000 meals provided during her inaugural food drive last year.
Oklahoma is the fifth-hungriest state in the nation, with 1 in 4 children at risk of hunger every day, the governor said.
The Oklahoma food banks serve more than 150,000 people each week, but it is still not enough to keep up with the increased
This year's food drive, which kicked off Nov. 1, raised more than $227,000 and collected more than 552,400 pounds of food, Fallin said. That should provide more than 1,627,000 meals.
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Ending hunger pangs
“The disaster of hunger in our state is unparalleled at this particular time — seniors having to make choices ... of whether they can fill a prescription or put food on their table; kids going to school on Monday morning with pangs of hunger in their stomach; and single parents having to ... work two or three jobs just trying to get by,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “We deeply appreciate Governor Fallin's commitment to feed the hungry in Oklahoma.”
Bivens said he appreciated Fallin taking on the issue of hunger in the state and publicizing the need through the food drive.
“You have over 100 and something companies that got involved with this issue of helping out on the food fund drive, and many of those companies we've never been involved with before,” he said.
“It's established potentially new relationships for us.”
Your willingness to help our families and neighbors embodies the ‘Oklahoma spirit' that makes our state such a special place to live.”
Gov. Mary Fallin