(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 22, 2018 – 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. 18 through Dec. 18 and applications are due Sept. 7.
“I went into Hope Corps not knowing a lot about hunger in Oklahoma and the people who are facing hunger,” said Josh Miller, a 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 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 Oklahomans living with hunger throughout the state.”
Working together, we can end childhood hunger in Oklahoma. Thanks to a generous offer from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Lezlie and David Hudiburg and David Gorham and an anonymous donor, every donation to the Food for Kids Programs through Sept. 30 will be matched – up to $150,000. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. 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 close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit regionalfoodbank.org, find us on Facebook at.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/rfbo.