AARP Oklahoma’s efforts to raise awareness of senior hunger are in full swing.
AARP volunteers and staff along with representatives from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma recently joined Governor Mary Fallin at the State Capitol where she issued a proclamation declaring 2011 as Drive to End Hunger Year in Oklahoma.
“Hunger among older Oklahomans is a real problem,” said Ben Johnson, AARP Oklahoma’s lead volunteer on hunger and a member of the Oklahoma Food Security Committee. “AARP Oklahoma volunteers across the state are working on various projects at the local level to collect food, volunteer at food pantries and enroll more people in the Supplemental Food Nutrition Program. We appreciate Governor Fallin’s support of our efforts.”
“As a state, it’s important we join together to address the problem of senior hunger in Oklahoma,” said Governor Mary Fallin, R. “I commend the AARP, the AARP Foundation, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for their efforts to raise awareness of the problem and to solicit support for this cause. Through the efforts of volunteer organizations and terrific events like the Drive to End Hunger Year, we will be able to provide needy Oklahoma seniors with the support and nutrition they need.”
Upcoming Drive to End Hunger Events include:
- AARP’s National Day of Service, Friday, September 9th. Join AARP staff and volunteers by volunteering from 9 a.m. to noon at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City. If you are interested in volunteering on September 9th, contact Melba Knight at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free at 1-866-295-7277.
- Drive to End Hunger night is planned at the Tulsa Shock WNBA game in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on September 11th. The first 200 people who bring a pound of food to donate will receive a free ticket to that night’s season finale against the San Antonio Silver Stars. The game will be held at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.
To find out how to take part in Day of Service in your local community, call the AARP Oklahoma office at 1-866-295-7277.
AARP has also put together a downloadable tool-kit on how to organize a food drive in your local community.