High School Students Invited to Join Hope Corps this Fall

Donate Time and Expertise to Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 3, 2016 – High school students 16 to 18 are invited to join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Hope Corps program to support the nonprofit and help fight hunger in the state.  

Applications are due September 2 and the fall session runs from September 14 through December 14.

"My experience with Hope Corps taught me many valuable lessons about life, including it is better to give than to receive,” said Selena Diaz, Hope Corps graduate.  “I will continue to volunteer because I want to help make a difference and stop hunger."

Hope Corps is a 12-week internship program for high school students seeking leadership and nonprofit volunteer experience, and serves as a reference for future job and school applications. Experiences include training and overseeing volunteer groups in various projects at the Regional Food Bank. The program engages students in activities to expand community awareness about the issue of hunger, develops their leadership skills, and assists them in making contacts within the non-profit community.  At the end of their term, each student will receive a letter of recommendation for college or a job, as well as a certificate of completion signed by the Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank.

“The Regional Food Bank enriches the lives of the high school students through Hope Corps,” said Kristin Mercado, volunteer coordinator and Hope Corps manager at the Regional Food Bank. “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, contact Kristin Mercado at 405-600-3161 or kmercado@regionalfoodbank.org. Apply online at regionalfoodbank.org/HopeCorps.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed more than 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

“Steve lost his job,” shared a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.  “If it wasn't for our food pantry, Steve and his three children wouldn't have enough food to last until his unemployment benefits and food stamps started. We are happy we are here to help as many as we can.”

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Every donation to Food for Kids between now and September 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136. For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 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 644 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.