Making a Difference: Jenks Food Bank, volunteers helping those in need in the small community

JENKS, Okla. - Ordinary people making a difference in their community, that's what we found in Jenks.

2NEWS Anchor Deana Silk introduces us to a group of people going above and beyond to make sure families are fed each and every week.

Every Friday, volunteers stop by the Jenks Reasor's, not to buy groceries, but to pick up groceries donated to the Jenks Food Bank by the locally-owned store.

Fruits, vegetables and other donated food will help feed families in the Jenks school district.

One father, who chose to speak to 2NEWS off camera, shared his story.

"What's really important is that you take care of your family, you have to put that price aside when it comes to your children," he said.  "They're looking at you and you're looking in the cupboard and there's nothing there."

Once a week, families can pick up groceries at the food bank from 10 a.m. to noon.  Plus once a month they get four other bags of groceries.

Luckily, the food bank receives enough donations that space is limited, but it's still not enough for the community's needs.

A new 3,200-square-foot building is under construction, but more money is needed to pay for the expansion.

With the new building, Jenks Food Bank organizers hope for more donations, more volunteers and more families served.

For information on how to donate or learn more about its services, visit the Jenks Food Bank online.

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