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Food 2 Families kicks off 16th annual food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern OK

Posted at 2:54 PM, Nov 10, 2016

TULSA – 2 Works for You and Reasor’s launched the 16th annual Food 2 Families food drive benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on November 16, 2016.

To kick off the month-long drive, 2 Works for You collected donations at the Brookside studios on November 16th. The community donated 1,750 pounds of food plus $884 during the one-day event. That's a total equivalent to 4,419 meals. In addition to station and Food Bank staff, guests came out to support the food drive. Hornsby from the Tulsa Drillers, ORU cheerleaders plus radio stations K-Hits and KVOO greeted generous doners curbside throughout the day.

SEE PHOTOS  FROM THE FOOD 2 FAMILIES KICK OFF EVENT

Green Country residents can donate non-perishable food items to the Food 2 Families drop-boxes available at all 19 local Reasor’s locations. Donations are being accepted until December 13, 2016.

Due to the overwhelming support from our community, the Food 2 Families drive has broken collection records since it began 16 years ago and continues to be one of the top three food drives benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

“We are grateful to be in a community that takes care of each other and we’ve seen the proof over the last 16 years during Food 2 Families,” says KJRH 2 Works for You Creative Services Director Pete George. “2 Works for You is committed to its mission of working to make our community better by helping the Food Bank as they work to fight hunger and feed hope.”

"We are very thankful for the partnership with Reasor’s and 2 Works for You again this year to provide food to our community during the holiday season,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Food Bank. “Last year, we were able to supply 120,000 meals to the community after the month-long drive which included over $15,000 in cash donations.”

Any monetary donations over the $15,149.33 collected last year will be matched by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

All non-perishable food items will go to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma that works with a network of 450 partner programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after school programs and senior citizen centers.  Through this network, the Food Bank provides the equivalent of more than 339,000 meals each week.

* Courtesy Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

 

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