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Oklahoma Youth Join the Fight Against Childhood Hunger

May 1, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – During a press conference on May 1 at the FFA Convention, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma recognized members of the Hobart FFA and 4-H for donating livestock and money to the Beef for Backpacks project.  The Oklahoma Youth Expo, in partnership with the Diamond Hats, donated livestock and money to the Beef for Backpacks project.

The Hobart youth received a $500 cash award from the Diamond Hats, a group of women leaders dedicated to improving the lives of Oklahoma’s rural youth through the livestock industry.  Each year, they provide valuable scholarships for Oklahoma’s youth and this year sponsored a contest for FFA and 4-H groups that donated the most money to the Beef for Backpacks project.

“We are proud of the leadership exhibited by the Hobart youth and their strong desire to help others,” said Monica Wilke, executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Oklahoma’s Farming and Ranching Foundation. Wilke is also a member of the Diamond Hats.

“I especially want to applaud the Diamond Hats for their creative idea of sponsoring a contest promoting the Beef for Backpacks project,” Wilke said.

The Beef for Backpacks project provides protein sticks for the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Program.  Every weekend, the protein sticks are distributed into backpacks to help meet the dietary needs of chronically hungry children. The project is a joint effort with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Oklahoma’s Farming and Ranching Foundation, Oklahoma Beef Council, OSU’s Food and Agricultural Products Center, Oklahoma Pork Council, Ralph’s Meat Co. in Perkins and Chickasha Meats.

The project has been expanded to include pork and to date, more than 55 head of livestock have been donated to the project.

In Oklahoma, one in four children struggles with hunger every day.  Through the Food for Kids Backpack Program, children receive kid-friendly, nutritious food over the weekend and school holidays.  Last year, more than 13,500 chronically-hungry elementary school children benefited from the program.

For more information on how to donate, contact Thad Doye by phone at (405) 523-2307 or by email at thad.doye@okfb.org.

Click here for a photo from the check donation.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 463 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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