Donation Offsets Costs of Much-Needed Supplies for Educators across the State
Oklahoma City, – Whataburger sponsored the opening of the Feed the Children Teacher Store Tues., Aug. 1, at 8:30 a.m. for the third consecutive year. As part of the sponsorship, Whataburger provided refreshments and branded reusable bags to more than 1,000 teachers from across the state, as well as presented a $15,000 donation during the event.
Throughout the store’s opening week, thousands of teachers from pre-approved Title I schools, representing 155 Oklahoma school districts, will be encouraged to visit the Teacher Store and shop for school supplies at no cost to them.
This annual event draws teachers from across Oklahoma, allowing them to fill a bag full of classroom supplies as well as collect an assortment of books for the upcoming school year. Supplies include classroom essentials such as notebooks, copy paper, glue, pencils, pens and instructional materials.
“We know how quickly school supply costs add up for teachers and families,” said Joel Griffiths, Whataburger Senior Regional Director of Operations. “With this donation to the Teacher Store, Whataburger hopes to help children succeed in and out of the classroom while taking some stress off educators who do so much for our students across the state.”
Opening remarks featured Jake Yunker, Office of the Governor, deputy policy director; Price Brown, Oklahoma Principal of Excellence and immediate past principal of Hilldale Elementary School; representatives from Feed the Children and Whataburger; as well as a ribbon cutting ceremony. Natalie Shirley, Oklahoma’s Secretary of Education and Workforce Development also was in attendance. In addition, a resource fair comprised of multiple community partners offered additional support for teachers and their students.
“We are proud to serve Oklahoma’s teachers through our Teacher Store,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO, Feed the Children. “When we combine our efforts with partners like Whataburger, we can provide teachers and students with the materials they need for classroom success.”
Feed the Children opened its Oklahoma City-based Teacher Store in 2009 to reach as many Pre-K through 12th grade students as possible. It provides resources and supplies to teachers across Oklahoma. During each school year, teachers from Title I schools are eligible to shop in the store for FREE once a month.
To learn more about the Feed the Children Teacher Store, or to determine if your school is eligible to participate, visit http://www2.feedthechildren.org/okcteacherstore or https://www.facebook.com/FeedTheChildrenTeacherStore/.
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.