Groups Help Feed 400 Families
Norman, Okla., – 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 Tues., June 14, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. That’s when 400 families received food and essentials filling one Feed the Children semi-truck at the Lloyd Noble Center.
Each pre-identified, participating family received a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of much-needed essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; a box with assorted Avon products; children’s Disney books; and fresh produce thanks to a generous donation from Homeland.
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, Famers Insurance, Moore Norman Technology Center, Cleveland County Health Department, ONIE, and free haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell students and instructors.
“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children President and CEO. “We are honored to have partnered with OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families in the fight to end hunger here in our own backyard.”
The event is one of many that Feed the Children has planned across Oklahoma this summer to help feed bodies, minds and futures. In Norman alone, 18 percent of families live below the poverty line and are unsure of how they will provide their next meal.
“Each year, we see an increase in students who qualify for free and reduced lunch,” said Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. “We know summer months can be difficult for these children and struggling families and we appreciate the resources Feed the Children and other community organizations have provided for families in our community.”
This event is part of Feed the Children’s FEED Caravan initiative. The FEED Caravan consists of Feed the Children semi-trucks traveling across the state providing food and books to children in need during the summer months. One in four children in Oklahoma faces hunger, and the threat is even greater during the summer months when they do not have access to their school lunch programs. The FEED Caravan will give these children an opportunity to receive the essentials they deserve. Breaking the cycle of hunger gives children the chance to enjoy their summer like every child should.
About Feed the Children
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat 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, essentials and disaster response. Domestically, it operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and is rated by Charity Navigator.
Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.