High School Students Invited to Join the Regional Food Bank’s Hope Corps

Applications are Due By Nov. 5 for the Internship

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 25, 2018 – High school students 16 to 18 years old are invited to join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Hope Corps program. The internship helps students develop their leadership skills while also raising awareness about hunger in Oklahoma. The program runs Nov. 27 through May 7. Applications are due by Nov. 5. Interested students can apply online at www.rfbo.org/hopecorps.

Hope Corps engages students in activities to expand community awareness about the issue of hunger, develops leadership skills and assists the students in making contacts within the nonprofit community. At the end of their term, each student receives a letter of recommendation for college or a job as well as a certificate of completion.

Now a college student, Madison McDonald joined Hope Corps because she wanted to both serve her community and learn how nonprofit organizations operate. Also, she was witnessing others around her living with hunger. During her time with Hope Corps, Madison said she improved her public speaking skills and she learned about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma.

"I also learned that small acts of your time can change someone else's life," Madison said. "It can really make a difference and you can have fun while serving others. You will not regret it."

“It’s rewarding to see students participate in Hope Corps and develop leadership and interpersonal skills that we know will benefit them as they go on to college and find jobs,” said Sara Lorenzen, the Regional Food Bank’s volunteer engagement manager. “While learning about how hunger impacts our state, Hope Corps members also take an active role in helping end hunger in their communities.”

For more information about the Hope Corps program, contact Sherri Glenn at 600-3134 or sglenn@rfbo.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where everyone, regardless of circumstance, has access to nutritious food. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community-based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.