Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says food drive nets enough for 1.6 million meals

Enough food and money have been raised to provide more than 1.6 million meals for food banks across Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin says.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Published: November 23, 2011
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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.”

Goal surpassed

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 demand.

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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

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