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October 18, 2012

Farmers pass the hat to fight hunger

Enough money was raised for approximately 1,000 meals during the opening luncheon for the Oklahoma Farm Bureau state resolutions committee Oct. 16 in Oklahoma City.  

In his address to the committee, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Mike Spradling encouraged the group to contribute just one dollar apiece for Gov. Fallin’s third annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive. According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, every dollar contributed equals five meals.

“This is a good way to show farmers care about those less fortunate Oklahomans who worry about where their next meal will come from.” Spradling said. “I encourage every Oklahoman to contribute a dollar to this worthy campaign.”

The resolutions committee meets each year prior to the group’s annual convention (Nov. 9-11) to work on proposed resolutions that have been submitted by county Farm Bureaus. The resolutions are then voted on by delegates attending the state convention.

Each year, Farm Bureau members bring non-perishable food items to the annual Farm Bureau convention.  Most recently the farm group has announced partnership in the Beef for Back Pack program where nutritional beef sticks are added to hungry children’s back packs for use on weekends and holidays.

The food drive is conducted in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which serves community soup kitchens, food banks and shelters in all 77 Oklahoma counties.

The food drive continues through Nov. 15.  Farm Bureau offices throughout the state are serving as drop off points for the food drive. The most needed items include:  canned meat, vegetables, fruit, tuna, peanut butter, rice and beans.

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