News Roundup, July 18, 2016

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Oklahoma Athletic Programs Lend a Hand

OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Norman-area families last month. Some 400 families received food and essentials, filling one Feed the Children semitruck at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Volunteers from OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools, the Center for Children and Families and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting.

The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including OKDHS, Arise Ministries, Variety Care, Choice Matters, Farmers Insurance, Moore Norman Technology Center, Cleveland County Health Department, ONIE, and free haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell students and instructors.

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.04.58 PMMeanwhile, OSU Athletics and United Way also teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Stillwater-area families in June. Another 400 families received food and essentials, filling one Feed the Children semitruck at the Wes Watkins Center.

Volunteers from OSU Athletics, United Way and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting. The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including COCAA, Habitat for Humanity, Ocean Dental, The Saville Center for Child Advocacy, Payne County Youth Services, Inc. and Wings of Hope Family Crisis Center.

Truck Driver Receives Honors

Screen Shot 2016-07-18 at 10.05.17 PMFrederick Murray, an Oklahoma City-based driver for Feed the Children’s core carrier FTC Transportation, Inc., was recently awarded first place in the 5-Axle Sleeper Berth Division of the 2016 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships. Murray will now advance to the 2016 National Truck Driving Championships Aug. 10–13 in Indianapolis, IN.

The two-day 2016 Oklahoma Truck Driving Championships took place last month and included a written exam, personal interview, pre-trip inspection-skills test and a driving-skills test that included six challenges. Murray’s first-place honor was one of many honors he has received throughout his career.

Murray’s record consists of 10 Safe Driving Awards, including third runner-up for Driver of the Year in 2014 and second runner-up for Driver of the Year in 2015. With a career of almost 40 years in the transportation field, Murray has successfully traveled 3.8 million safe-driving miles. Salute!

Hope and Help for Houston

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Teleperformance, Reach Out America and Feed the Children have joined together to provide disaster relief to Houston-area families affected by  recent flooding. Teleperformance has sponsored two Feed the Children semitrucks of disaster-relief items for families in need.

Heavy rainfall began in Houston and surrounding areas May 26. A total of 15 people have died due to flooding conditions. This combined effort between Teleperformance, Reach Out America and Feed the Children will help support Houston communities, including West Columbia/Bar X Ranch, Holiday Lakes, Richmond and Woodlands. Feed the Children is providing items such as cleaning supplies, Rubbermaid water coolers and boxes filled with food.

Food Distribution Highlights

Major League Baseball and StarKist® stepped up to bat on July 14 with Feed the Children and community organizations in the Compton, California-area to help strike out hunger. In Compton alone, nearly 24 percent of people live below the poverty line.

Feed the Children distributed two semi-trucks of food and essentials as part of a 13-city national partnership with Major League Baseball. Eight hundred families, pre-identified by the MLB Urban Youth Academy, received a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; and a box of assorted Avon products. Families also received Disney Books and additional products provided by StarKist®.

Volunteers from StarKist, Pop Chips, MLB Urban Youth Academy, and Feed the Children will be onsite serving and assisting.

As part of the partnership with MLB and StarKist®, we also held an event in the Boston/Roxbury area recently. Another two truckloads of food and supplies were given to families in need in that community, where more than a quarter of people live below the poverty line.

That same week, the Association of United States Army (AUSA) teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Lawton, Oklahoma-area families.

Four hundred families — pre-identified by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Workforce Oklahoma, Lawton Housing Authority, Southwest Youth and Family Services and Lawton Food Bank — received similar food, supplies and products.

The event also featured community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including WIC, SNAP, Armed Services YMCA, Marie Detty Youth and Family Service Center, Christian Family Counseling Center, Lawton Food Bank, Workforce Oklahoma, Center for the Advancement of Wellness/Oklahoma State Department of Health, and Legal Aid Services.