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American Quarter Horse Youth Association Fights Hunger

Collects Donations During World Championship in OKC

August 15, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - Nearly 2,000 pounds of food was donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma thanks to the Ford Tough American Quarter Horse Youth Association’s Champion Show, which ran August 5th through 13th.  This donation will provide more than 1,500 meals to hungry Oklahomans this fall.

"For several years, the American Quarter Horse Youth Has held the Ford Built Tough Youth World in Oklahoma City,” said Sarah Ann Pendergraft, AQHYA Sentinel.  “The people of Oklahoma City always go out of their way to welcome our competitors and their families.  The members of the youth association felt that supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was a small way that we could give back to the wonderful people of Oklahoma City."

The Built Ford Tough Youth World is the world’s largest single-breed horse show for youth.  Exhibitors from 44 states, two Canadian provinces, Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Venezuela joined forces to fight hunger in Oklahoma.

“It’s inspiring to see young people working together to help those in need,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “We appreciate their efforts and hope this will turn into an annual food drive!”

Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where nearly 600,000 people are food insecure.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week.  The majority of those served by the nonprofit are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

During Fiscal Year 2011, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record-breaking 46.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 825 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. 

For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 972.1111.  Through September 30th, all donations made to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Backpack Program will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000. 

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 400 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.


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