The Oklahoma Regional Food Bank has begun the Virtual Lap Out Food Drive, which is presented by Marathon Oil.
The drive, which runs until July 31, was held in recognition of the hard work of the letter carriers, volunteers and sponsors who have made the National Stamp Association’s Hungarian Food Drive a success in the past.
Since 1992, the Regional Food Bank has partnered with NALC and the US Postal Service for the annual Drive Out Food Hunger Drive which is held every second Saturday in May.
This is the largest daily food driver in the country, where letter bearers collect donations of non-rot food along their mail routes.
Last year, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in central and western Oklahoma collected nearly 600,000 pounds of food and collected more than $ 175,000, which provided nearly 1.2 million meals for Oklahoma people who were starving.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NALC 2020 Hungry Food Drive Out was postponed.
“Food insecurity has increased in Oklahoma as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn,” said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank.
“Although we are sad that a typical drive is canceled, the virtual drive comes at an important time as we work to keep food flowing to our partners.”
In honor of the 28-year commitment of the NALC, the Regional Food Bank hopes to raise $ 28,000 during the virtual event.
A $ 50 contribution can help provide 200 food for Oklahomans living with hunger in central and western Oklahoma. Donations can be made by visiting FeedingHope.org.
In Garvin County, the Regional Food Bank works with a number of partner agencies to fight hunger throughout the year.
They include Delta Community Action in the Pauls Valley, DHS Garvin County, Reynolds Recreation Center, East Gate Baptist Church, Maysville Library, Nora Sparks Warren Memorial Library, Pauls Valley Park and Recreation, Samarit Valley Valley, Pleasantview Summer Dining Program, Oklahoma Nutrition Program South, South Oklahoma Nutrition Program in Pauls Valley, DN in Stratford and United United Methodist Church in Lindsay.
Rotary Fluvanna will hold a food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on July 23 to help with high demand for food due to a pandemic.
The group’s trip in April brought 7,000 pounds of donated food. The committee hopes to match or exceed that number on the next drive.
“Blue Ridge Area Food Bank told us that because of ongoing demand for food, their stocks are running low, and asking us if we can help again,” organizer Betsy Gunnels said in a news release. “We are happy to do it.”
Residents who want to donate must leave canned goods and items that do not rot easily through their mailboxes between 8 and 10 am July 23. Volunteers will take it, sort the donation and send it to the food bank.
There is food.
With the impact of a pandemic that greatly swelled the ranks of people who could not feed consistently for themselves and their families, Redwood Empire Food Bank brought a lot of food to be distributed free of charge.
One of the many drive-thru food sharing events took place Friday afternoon in the parking lot of a church on Piner Road.
Drivers wearing masks take turns heading to the distribution site behind Calvary Chapel The Rock. Well-protected food bank workers carry their luggage or backseat into a tasteful choice of high-quality food.
Most of the food comes from the federal government’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
Through that, the Ministry of Agriculture is trying to help farmers and ranchers who are struggling because of closing or reducing a large number of restaurants and hotels, and at the same time helping people in a financial crisis and unable to keep food on the table.
Redwood Empire Food Bank uses money donated by supporters to transport and distribute large quantities of food purchased by the USDA from producers.
People queuing on Friday receive cartons of fresh vegetables, large roast pork and a box of food that is not perishable. The Santa Rosa-based Redwood Empire Food Bank also distributed meat and dairy products provided by the federal aid program.
VIRGINIA – The Minnesota 4-H Ambassador has served as an example to other young people over the past half decade, stepping into involvement in community service and education projects.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, Ambassador Young men of St. Louis County 4-H wants to help people who are struggling at the moment.
A group of about a dozen young men in Iron Range, from grade six and above, “want to do something to help the community with COVID-19 and decide on a food trip would be a good opportunity,” said Nicole Kudrle, an extension educator for 4-H and advisor to the regional ambassador.
This group has collaborated with Youth in Action, St. Louis County Extension, the Rutabaga Project and the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency to conduct local food mobilization programs.
Non-spoiled food can be sent through Friday at Super One South in Virginia, all Zup Food Market locations, and at the AEOA building in Virginia.
Donations will be distributed at the Rutabaga Little Free Pantries Project located in Virginia at AEOA, the Savior’s Lutheran Church, and Hope Community Presbyterian Church, and at the Hoyt Lakes Municipal Building.
Pickups throughout the northern part of the county can be scheduled until Friday by calling 218-749-7120.
Little Free Pantries are mini outdoor food racks where people in need can pick up items that are not easily damaged and people can leave things for others.
“Monetary donations will be divided among local food banks,” Kudrle said. Checks can be paid to the Arrowhead Economic Opportunities Agency and sent to Kelsey Gantzer, AEOA, 702 Third Ave. S., Virginia, 55792.
Louis County Food Drive North is dubbed, “a great way to pledge your hands for greater service.”
Kudrle said the 4-H Ambassador meets once a month and serves as a positive representative for others in 4-H.
Youth in Action is a service organization consisting of high school students in the Iron Range. Its mission is to promote youth leadership and produce positive change in northern Minnesota through partnerships with regional businesses, organizations and elected officials.
Kudrle said that young people involved in the food push would transport food to AEOA.
They have been “stuck at home” during the pandemic, and “children are excited to be able to do something during all this.”