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AFR to Hold Third Round for 'Drive Away Hunger' Campaign

Tue, 04 Aug 2015 15:20:54 CDT

AFR to Hold Third Round for 'Drive Away Hunger' Campaign American Farmers & Ranchers Women's Cooperative is set up for the third round of their statewide food drive. Set Aug. 1 Sept. 30 the committee has partnered with the Plant a Row Campaign and DairyMax for the Back to School Milk Drive, both drives will be in cooperation with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

The AFR Women's Committee has committed to a goal for AFR members to donate 50,000 meals throughout 2015, with more than 17,000 meals provided during the first two food drives held in January and May. The Plant A Row Campaign is a people-helping-people program encouraging members to go to their local nursery, garden supply store or other retailer and either purchase seed packets to donate or ask the retailers to donate any unsold seed packets, which will be given to the local food banks.

Milk is one of the most requested nutritious items requested by food banks but is rarely donated. Dairy products provide many health benefits including: strong bones, improved heart health, reduced risk of Type 2 Diabetes and lower blood pressure. Oklahoma is behind in its efforts of donating milk, with only 790 gallons given to families in need. With the Back to School Milk Drive members are encouraged to make cash donations to the Great American Milk Drive in order for their local schools to receive money to purchase a gallon of milk. The donations are distributed by zip code to the donor's local food bank. If you would like to donate to the Back to School Milk Drive visit: milklife.com/give.

One in six Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day. Last year the Oklahoma Food Banks distributed enough food to feed more than 160,000 hungry Oklahomans each week, however it is not enough. Join AFR in fighting hunger in Oklahoma.

For more information about how to get involved with Plant a Row and Back to School Milk Drive, please contact Leadership Exploration And Development (LEAD) Coordinator Megan Albright at (405) 218-5416 or megan.albright@afrmic.com.



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