Thursday, November 10, 2016

Advocacy to Legislators for Zero Hunger in OKC

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Now that the election is over, the real work begins. This is a critical time to introduce yourself to your legislators, get to know them, and let them know you’re interested in what happens both in Congress and at the State Capitol. A brief phone call, email, or social media message will encourage your newly elected officials or veteran incumbents to take action on issues important to you during the upcoming legislative session.

You can find election results here.
You can find contact information for your legislators here.

Some simple actions you can take now before the state legislative session starts in February:
  • Follow your legislators on social media
  • Send them a quick email or message introducing yourself as a constituent who is concerned about hunger in Oklahoma
  • Invite them to have coffee with you
  • Send a hand-written letter
Maximize the impact of the Oklahoma Food Banks by reaching out now and letting them know you care about the 1 in 6 Oklahomans and 1 in 4 children experiencing food insecurity.

Working together to end hunger in Oklahoma,
Effie Craven

Effie Craven, MPH 
State Advocacy and Public Policy Director
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma | Oklahoma City | www.regionalfoodbank.org 
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma | Tulsa | www.okfoodbank.org
405-600-3129 | ecraven@regionalfoodbank.org
 
                    

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

YAC Casady Cans Do, Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive delivers $3,000.77

Casady Families!
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Thank you Casady families for your kindness, compassion, and generosity. Casady YAC provided a check for $ 3,000.77, funds collected from all division from 9/24-9/29/2016, to Natalie Price, Food Bank, Special Events Coordinator. 

Final results from Natalie Price, Special Events Coordinator, for the Casady Cans Do Food and Funds, Students Against Hunger  Drive 2016
$3,000.77
5,201 Pounds
19,338 meals
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Total pounds- 23,205

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Family Volunteer Day, Sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation

November 19, 2016 is Family Volunteer Day
Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that celebrates the power of families who work together to support their communities and neighborhoods. Volunteering is a great way for kids and adults to make new friends, develop compassion for their neighbors, and even pick up a new skill or two! It’s an amazing day – don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity!
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma needs
Families Volunteering Together
November and December
Due to an increase in production needs, the Food Bank has opened additional volunteer shifts and added space to many of their existing shifts for November and December.  They need to produce 108,000 Food for Kids backpack kits in the month of November, and they can’t do it without YOUR/OUR help!

Click here to view our extended November schedule or our extended December schedule and sign up for a shift.  If you’d like to bring a group, please complete a volunteer group request form.  Contact Denice is you have any questions:

Denice L. Hurlbut
Associate Director of Volunteerism
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Casady Cans Do, Students Against Hunger 2016 Results: 19,749 meals

Food Drive Results:  5,256 cans, $ 2,898.77 = 19,749.85 meals (Confirmation pending from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma)






First Place:           Upper Division: (3,117 cans and cash)
Leader: Juniors 



 
Junior donations on Thursday afternoon.  Donations kept on coming until 5:00 pm on Friday!





          Second Place:       Middle Division: (3,075 cans, cash, and checks) 
                                               Leader: Taber 









Third Place:          Lower Division:  (1,166 Cans, cash, checks) Leader: 4th grade 





Fourth Place:        Primary Division (647 Cans, cash, checks)



Fifth  Place:          Faculty (UD only)  150 (Cans, cash, checks)




Special thanks to the Casady Art Club, Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village, Casady After School Care, and Boys and Girls Club at Memorial Park for the "Silhouettes of Hope" made by their students.  The silhouettes helped market the drive as "Food for Kids from Kids" in all divisions at Casady.






Muchas gracias to YAC and MD Service Club and House Prefects for developing a plan for the drive with goals, letter to donors, and scheduling volunteers to remind and motivate donors throughout the week.  Special thanks to Dr Sara Price, Gabrielle Moore and Dr. Bishop for counting junior cans on Friday throughout the day.

Merci Beaucoup to Division Directors, Division Administrative Assistants, Father Youmans, Mrs. Cherylynn Omelia, Father Blizzard, Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Zedlitz, Mrs. Betty Jane Garrett, Miss Jane Derick, Deputy Dang, and Coach T. for the role you played during the drive.   

Thank you! Donors of all ages for your compassion and generosity and to Garth and the Casady Crew for transporting cans to the trailer the whole week long.

Arigato to Mrs. Melissa Jenkins for counting cash and checks throughout the week and training YAC on proper usage of Excell sheets.

Show your Thinking: Reflective PowerPoint 


Drive Results Spread Sheet

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fifth Day of the Drive, Friday 10/28 2016 and a special invitation to volunteer at the Food Bank on Sunday, October 30th

Totals from Monday to Thursday in meals

1 can = 1 meal
$1 = 5 meals

2785 cans and $ 997.8 = 7,774 meals Will we make it to 9,386 meals???

Goal for 2016
To match or beat 9,386 meals, the drive results in 2015.
YAC will solicit matching from businesses to increase our overall donation.
Drive donation Excell sheet and Reflective PowerPoint


 






Mitzvah Day @ the Regional Food Bank of OKC

Mitzvah Day
 International is an annual day of faith-based social action that takes place in November each year, primarily in the United Kingdom. On Mitzvah Day each year, community groups and individuals undertake a range of volunteer projects for those in need in their local community.











Jewish Federation at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Thursday, October 27, 2016

4th Day of the Drive: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Food Drive:  Monday-Thursday Results (Counting each can and each dollar as 1)
First Place:        Middle Division: 2,319 cans and money          Taber leading
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Second Place:   Upper Division:  923 cans and money            Juniors leading


Third Place:       Lower Division:  828.8 cans and money        Third grade leading




Fourth Place:    Primary Division: 570 cans and money  



Fifth Place:       Faculty (UD)  28 cans and money

Overall total: 3,787.80 cans and money

Primary Division's Walk of Hope Parade 2016


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The last two wagons to leave the PD await for the Kindergarten Group taking donations to the Food Bank Trailer 



 


Lavender, our smallest group riding back to class after delivering donations to the Food Bank Trailer

Thank you Primary Division Donors

Thank You PD Teachers

Thank you Primary Division Parents

Thank you to all who donated and helped motivate and picked-up donations.  






The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma photographer and marketing director will be at Casady on November 2 to receive the Food Drive check from YAC.    Memories at http://casadystudentsagainsthunger.blogspot.com/.  

The Oklahoma Food Banks annually distribute 52.7 million meals

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Third Day of the Drive: Wednesday 10/26/2016

Food Drive:  Monday-Wednesday Results 
(Counting each can and each dollar as 1)

First Place:      Middle Division: 818 cans and money       Taber leading





Second  Place:     Upper Division:  615 cans and money       Juniors leading





Third Place:  Lower Division:  534.8 cans and money    Third grade leading


Fourth Place:   Primary Division: 317 cans and money  







Fifth Place:      Faculty (UD)  28 cans and money





Overall total: 2,312.8 cans and money



Tomorrow, Thursday October 27th is the last day of the drive for the PD.  

The children will be walking their donations to the Food Bank Trailer.  We call this walk the Walk of Hope Parade!  7 high School students needed to guide the parade dressed as cans!

The last day of the drive for all other divisions is Friday!