Broken Arrow (OK) Public Schools just wrapped up their 7th annual food drive! From March 25-29, students, teachers, and faculty from all 27 schools in the district were encouraged to donate non-perishable food items to help provide meals for their neighbors in need.
Broken Arrow's goal was to top last year's total of 6,835 lbs. of food, and boy, oh boy, did they succeed; in just 1 week, they collected 9,771 lbs. of food, which is enough to provide 8,142 meals! Our friends from Accent Moving & Storage once again provided boxes for the collection and delivered all of the donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors, a local emergency basic needs service agency.
"It is always an honor for Accent Moving, Storage, and Logistics to be a small part of such an impactful food drive for our Broken Arrow Community," said Jody Davis, owner of Accent Moving & Storage. "Each year, we look forward to picking up and delivering the food to Broken Arrow Neighbors."
The district-wide food drive started in 2013 when Candy Lievsay, a teacher at Sequoyah Middle School, read an article about Move For Hunger, and knew she wanted to help make a difference. Since then, Broken Arrow Public Schools have collected nearly 90,000 lbs. of food!
"Witnessing the effort put forth during this food drive has served as a reminder of what we can accomplish when we work together to make a difference in our community," said Dr. Janet Dunlop, the superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools. "I am so proud of our students and staff."
Nearly 100,000 people in Tulsa County are food insecure, including 1 in 5 children. This food drive is always so important because it helps keep the shelves stocked at Broken Arrow Neighbors during the summer months.
“I am so very appreciative of the efforts of all representatives of Broken Arrow Public Schools for their generosity toward Broken Arrow Neighbors,” said Kim Goddard, executive director of Broken Arrow Neighbors. “The annual food drive, hosted in conjunction with Accent Moving, is one of our largest donations. These donations come at a time when Broken Arrow Neighbors is making preparations for summer distribution as our client load increases significantly due to the extra financial burdens families face when children are out of school.”
Thank you to everyone at Broken Arrow Public Schools for making this food drive possible, especially Candy Lievsay. A special thanks also goes out to Jody Davis and her team at Accent Moving & Storage for being reliable allies in our fight to end hunger.
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