Thursday, November 20, 2014

Starting to plan for 2015 Food Drive


It's time to end childhood hunger in America.

Here's how you can make youth-led food drives
more meaningful, fun, and effective.
1 in 5 children in America face hunger; One in seven Americans turns to the Feeding America food bank network for assistance. Thirty-nine percent of their client households have a child under age 18. This is a problem we can solve, and it's time to get involved. Thank you for joining YSA, Sodexo Foundation, and our incredible partners and youth leaders for this online presentation to learn how youcan take action to end childhood hunger by making youth-led food drives more meaningful, fun, and effective.

Watch and share the presentation. 

Archived webinars, including the first two in this series, are also available
Links & Resources from the Webinar
Here are the links to all the resources mentioned during the presentation.
Fighting for Food: A Guide to Running Successful Food Drives in High School

Service Story #1: Collecting Healthier Food
National Coalition for the Homeless - National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week 
Service Story #2: Zach Bonner & Little Red Wagon Foundation
  • Learn more about Zach's recent Food for a Million world-record breaking food drive.  
FROGs (Friends Reaching Our Goals) 
Meet 2014 Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholar Will Lourcey
Service Story #3: Making Food Drives Fun & Easy
  • Be inspired by profiles of some of last year's Sodexo Foundation Youth Grant projects.
  • Learn how Move for Hunger can make running your food drive easier - including getting moving trucks to help you transport donated food.
  • Get activity ideas, including Hunger Banquets, from Oxfam America.
Other Resources from YSA 
Opportunities for Young Leaders

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This webinar was presented by YSA (Youth Service America)

with the support of Sodexo Foundation.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Food drive 2014 ends

 "Do the Right Thing Food Drive" 
4,456 cans and $135


High School






YAC, YLOKC-Casady, YAC'S Peace Team Connected
International Compassion Games Cyclones' Action

Peace Team member motivates high school teens to donate
Middle Division students motivate peers to donate
Lower Division donors pause for a picture
Primary Division donors take donations to the Food Bank trailer
Peace Team Member leads the PD Hope Trail to the Food Bank trailer

To give peace a chance-Hunger makes animals out of men- members of the Peace Team (Miranda, Johnny, Ananya, Sidney,and Turner) facilitated and supported the efforts of the service club, YAC  (Youth Acting in the Community) promoting a different kind of Food Drive the week starting on 10/31 and ending on 11/7/2014.

YAC's motto was: "Donate to end hunger in Oklahoma because it is the right thing to do."  The Food Drive was also Cyclones action during the Compassion Games International.  The games called for schools to promote acts of kindness, compassion and service on campuses around the world.

The 9th grade English teachers promoted learning about food insecurity in Oklahoma City with materials from the Food Bank.  The freshmen connected short story about hunger to their hunger simulation.  Father Blizzard read at Calvert hunger statistics provided by the government class and an English teacher challenge her classes to bring more cans than the 30 she personally brought.

The freshman YAC leadership sponsored, "Give without expecting anything in return."  YAC was inspired by a story told at a YAC meeting by an English teacher, Mrs. Stephanie Crossno.  Mrs. Crossno stated that a New York firefighter who helped at the bombing and died on September 11th,  came with $20  in his pocket and left OKC with the same $20 in his pocket.  Due to the generosity of heart of Oklahomans supporting his "human efforts" after the OKC bombing, that gesture became the "Oklahoma Standard" for the firefighter.  Mrs. Crossno stated, I know Cyclones care.  We just need a clear goal and reminders.

The YAC freshman organizers of the drive had a creative campaign of #30/6//26000 cans."  Sara wrote a letter to parents. Kira created a reminder flyer for other divisions Safra made a "lend a can" thank you sticker, and Miriam and Safra created a network of YAC members who helped made and decorate boxes as well as greeted and thanked early morning donors in all divisions and helped count cans.

The goal was to collect the most cans possible.  Monetary donations were also welcome because $1= 5 meals with the Food Bank .  If every student from k-12th brought one can a day, representing a mere one can per day of the month, or 6 cans every day of the food drive, or 30 cans one day of the drive, Casady could donate a huge number of cans to help feed 110,000 Oklahomans in need of food weekly.

Members of the YAC Peace team, Johnny, Ananya, Sidney and Miranda guided the ninth grade drive facilitators.  They also brought cans and were on duty motivating others to donate at different divisions. Kathy brought cans and Turner, Ananya and Sara organized an online reminder application, "celly," with limited success. YAC reminded peers with a"home made" chain of # Bring 30 cans  they placed in lockers and on backpacks the day before the drive ended.

At a reflective YAC moment, the freshman leaders of the drive in the Upper Division, Safra and Mariam stated that they were encouraged by the response, especially  the first days because, although they designed a sticker to thank donors, most did not even the stickers since "doing the right thing" was reward enough.  Next year, the freshman leaders suggested for YAC to continue the standard promoted this year, "Do the right thing Food Drive."

The Food Drive Team


Thursday, November 6, 2014

November 6, 2014 Results of the Food Drive

High School : 1071, includes $30  donation  5 day total   1,662

Middle Division 4 day total 1,264

Lower Division:  5 day total: 469

Primary 4 Day total:  166

All Division Total for November 6:  3,561

November 5th Results

Primary:  111 cans

Lower:  313 cans

Middle: 803 cans

High School: 591 cans

Total for all divisions:  1,818 cans

Freshmen English Classes learn about Food Insecurity with Food Bank Program

SNAP Office
Food Pantry

Grocery Store

SNAP Waiting Area

Freshmen follow scenarios

At the Grocery Store