(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 9, 2017 – High school students 16 to 18 years old are invited to join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Hope Corps program. This 12-week internship helps students develop their leadership skills and raises awareness about hunger in Oklahoma. The program runs Sept. 19 through Dec. 19 and applications are due Sept. 8.
“I went into Hope Corps not knowing a lot about hunger in Oklahoma and the people who are facing hunger,” said Josh Miller, a recent Hope Corps graduate. “Hope Corps helped me develop my skills. Now, I can clearly and enthusiastically get in front of a group and speak about hunger in our state and what the Regional Food Bank is doing to meet that need.”
Through Hope Corps, students will gain nonprofit volunteer experience by training and overseeing volunteer groups in various project at the Regional Food Bank. 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.
“The Regional Food Bank enriches the lives of the high school students through Hope Corps,” said Sara Lorenzen, the Regional Food Bank’s volunteer engagement manager. “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.”
Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Through Sept. 30, every donation to the Food for Kids program will be matched up to $150,000 thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Bienvenuti Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405.972.1111.
The Regional Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit distributed 52.2 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
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 126,000 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 653 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.