OSU-OKC Exceeds Food Drive Goal, Provides 2,700 Meals
Dec 4, 2013 by Kristi Pendleton
OSU-Oklahoma City students, faculty and staff exceeded expectations this year during the 9th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive by collecting more than 3,000 pounds of food and $500, totaling nearly 2,700 meals. All proceeds and food were donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and their partnering agencies.
“The food drive was a campus-wide collaboration,” said Lisa McConnell, Associate Professor for Business Administration, who acted as a liaison with the Regional Food Bank. “The drive was coordinated by Kristi Pendleton, Director of Student Engagement, and OSU-OKC student organizations. The Student Government Association involved the entire campus, which helped us exceed our goals.”
In addition to the fund drive, OSU-OKC students volunteered at the Food Bank through the university’s volunteer initiative Students Organizing Service and boxed 6,695 pounds of food, totaling 5,579 meals.
McConnell said OSU-OKC has had a relationship with the Regional Food Bank for decades. “Including this year’s food drive, our campus has collected more than 25,000 pounds of food over the years,” she said. “Every division and area on campus donated to the drive. Only by the entire campus working together could we accomplish such an amazing feat.”
McConnell brings her students each year on a tour of the Food Bank to learn about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma. “The Regional Food Bank is an amazing organization and benefit to our community. They provide food to the nonprofits in our city who distribute directly to the hungry.”
To learn more about the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.