Regional Food Bank Welcomes 2018 Summer Hope Corps Class

High School Students Donate Time to Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma

Download a photo of the 2018 Summer Hope Corps Class.

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 12, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomes its 2018 Summer Hope Corps class. Through this 12-week internship program, 14 high school students, ages 16 to 18 years old, will participate in activities to expand community awareness about the issue of hunger and develop leadership skills.

The 2018 Summer Hope Corps Class includes:

  • Malik Azees, Dove Science Academy
  • Sukanya Bhattacharya, Heritage Hall Upper School
  • Preston Davis, Harding Charter Prep
  • Katie Han, Edmond Santa Fe South High School
  • Rawan Hanoon, Mercy School Institute
  • Teresa Hoang, Mustang High School
  • Daniel Li, Moore High School
  • Mitchell McLendon, Deer Creek High School
  • Caleb Olson, Deer Creek High School
  • Kevin Palomino, Southeast High School
  • Yamilet Samanego, Westmoore High School
  • Chloe Stephenson, Deer Creek High School
  • Jessica Vo, Mustang High School
  • Kayla Vo,  Mustang High School

“The Regional Food Bank enriches the lives of the high school students through Hope Corps,” said Danielle Draper, Volunteer Center capacity building coordinator and AmeriCorps member. “Students leave the program with a greater understanding about the issue of hunger and how they can make a difference in the lives of hungry Oklahomans throughout the state.”

For more information about the Hope Corps program, visit or contact Danielle Draper at 405-600-3134 or

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 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 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at