Rural Oklahoma Women Leaders Donate More Than 140,000 mealsWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:45:55 CST
The 2015 American Farmers & Ranchers Women's Cooperative food drive totaled 140,303 meals for hungry Oklahomans.
"We are extremely pleased to provide food for those in need," Suzanne Gilbert, AFR Women's Cooperative Council chairperson, said. "It only makes sense that those who produce food provide for those who need it the most."
The rural women conducted a year-long "Drive Away Hunger with AFR" campaign that ended in late December. The women partnered with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Invest An Acre, Plant A Row Campagn, DairyMax and local food banks across the state.
"Our leaders really stepped up this year as we almost tripled our goal of 50,000 meals," Gilbert said.
More than 675,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger daily, the majority being the working poor, seniors and children, with less than twenty percent considered to be unemployed. 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. As part of this year's food drive, AFR offices throughout the state served as collection centers within their communities.
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