OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA., – Thanks to a generous gift from the Elizabeth Stevens estate, Feed the Children distributed one semitruck full of food and essentials to help 400 Oklahoma City-area families in need Fri., Dec. 18 for the Hilldale Elementary Holiday Wishes Christmas event.
During this year’s Christmas party, employees at Feed the Children gathered in one of its warehouses to build boxes filled with food and essentials for the children and families of Hilldale Elementary. The activity enabled employees to actively give back to their community and to directly support Feed the Children’s vision to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.
Each family received a 25-pound food box; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; a box of assorted Avon products, as well as blankets, backpacks, Disney books and hats from MidFirst Bank. Volunteers from Feed the Children and MidFirst Bank were onsite helping with the distribution.
The event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across the country. In Oklahoma City alone, 18 percent of families are living below the poverty line. Often, these families and children are unsure where they will find their next meal.
“One hundred percent of our students come from poverty,” said Hilldale Elementary Principal Price Brown. “We’re always looking for opportunities that make sure our students are able to enjoy holidays and feel like other kids.”
“We were struggling over Christmas dinner and we were thinking sandwiches actually sounded good. And then we got the flyer from school, so we are really thankful that we’re going to have turkey this year,” said recipient Wendy W.
“We not only provided food and necessities to these families—but also hope,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children Interim CEO/President and COO. “Hope for a better future that was made possible thanks to our volunteers from MidFirst Bank and Feed the Children who play a vital role in helping us create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.