The Chickasaw Nation and Feed the Children are partnering to bring No Hunger Holidays to 800 Ardmore families during the season of giving. This event will provide children and families with much-needed food and essentials Tues., Dec. 11, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Ardmore High School’s Noble Stadium (192 OK Hwy 142).
Each family, pre-identified by The Chickasaw Nation, will drive through the Ardmore High School’s Noble Stadium parking lot to receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of daily essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; packets of resources from local partners; books and toys. In addition, boxed meals will be handed to children who are in attendance through the Chickasaw Nation’s Nutrition Program. These items will help to bring relief as well as a brighter holiday season.
“We are pleased to work with Feed the Children to help serve Oklahoma families,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby. “Our collaboration with Feed the Children enables us to expand on our mission by offering Chickasaws and our neighbors these gifts which we hope will bring an added measure of joy to their holiday season.”
The No Hunger Holidays campaign was designed to help children and families during the holidays, as well as bring awareness to the important issue of childhood hunger. With more than 19 percent of Ardmore residents living below the poverty line, many children feel left out of the festivities while their parents are concerned with just making ends meet. Plus, it can be especially difficult once school is out for the holidays, leaving children food insecure- without a source for consistent meals.
Feed the Children has planned No Hunger Holidays events in multiple communities across Oklahoma and around the U.S. as part of its campaign to transform hunger into hope during this season.
“We are honored to bring a brighter holiday season to families in Ardmore,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “We are not only providing food and essentials to these families—but also hope. Hope is made possible thanks to generous partners, such as The Chickasaw Nation, who play a vital role in helping us create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”
Visit feedthechildren.org/nohungerholidays to learn more about the No Hunger Holidays campaign and find out how you can participate.