High School Students Invited to Join Hope Corps this Spring

Donate Time and Expertise to Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 4, 2017 – High school students 16 to 18 are invited to join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Hope Corps program in support of its mission, “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.” Applications are due Jan. 13 and the spring session runs from Jan. 24 through April 22. 

“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 graduate 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.”

Hope Corps is a 10-week internship program for high school students seeking leadership and non-profit volunteer experience and serves as a reference for future job and school applications. Tasks 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 Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

“My expectations for this internship were exceeded above and beyond,” said Allison Lollis, recent Hope Corps graduate.  “Getting to meet new people every single day and hear each of their stories was truly a blessing. Being in an environment where everyone has the same heart and passion was truly inspiring. Through this experience, a new passion was ignited in me and that is to fight hunger and feed hope.”

In total, 50 students have graduated from Hope Corps since it started three years ago. Graduating Fall 2016 Hope Corps students included: Bailey Clawson, Amber-Pocasset High School, 12th grade Garrett Gappa, Westmoore High School, 12th grade; Elizabeth Griffin, Edmond Santa Fe High School, 10th grade; Jenny Ha, Western Heights High School, 11th grade; Allison Lollis, Blanchard High School, 11th grade; Emma Sparks, Epic Charter School 12th grade; Nora Stressman, Edmond North High School, 12th grade; and Drew Wilson, Westmoore High School, 12th grade.

For more information about the Hope Corps contact Kristin Mercado, at 405.600.3161 or kmercado@regionalfoodbank.org. Apply online at regionalfoodbank.org/HopeCorps. The application deadline for the spring session is Jan. 13.

Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every donation received through January 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million.  To make a tax deductible donation call 405-600-3136 or 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 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 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.