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Districtwide food drive strives to raise items for BA Neighbors March 20-24

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According to a report by Feeding America, 17 percent of Oklahoma’s population is considered food insecure, leaving 242,990 children unsure where they will get their next meal. Locally, this means that one out of four Broken Arrow children are at risk of being hungry.

To help reduce hunger in Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Public Schools (BAPS) is once again partnering with Move For Hunger, Broken Arrow Neighbors and Broken Arrow Accent Moving and Storage for the fifth annual districtwide food drive March 20-24, the week following spring break.

“I am always amazed at the level of understanding today’s youth has regarding food insecurity and their willingness to accept the call to action of the Move for Hunger project,” said Kim Goddard, executive director of Broken Arrow Neighbors. “This food drive is truly a reflection of a strong community joining forces to address social issues that are typically unacknowledged.”

For five days, students and staff from across the Broken Arrow district are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items – including canned foods, juice, pasta, soup, baby food and more – to any school site. All donations benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit that provides basic needs and emergency assistance to Broken Arrow families.

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"We are thrilled to be working with Broken Arrow Public Schools for the fourth consecutive year,” said Adam Lowy, founder and executive director of Move For Hunger. “I'm truly amazed by the enthusiasm of so many young people working to help those in need."

Last year, the effort resulted in more than 11,000 pounds of food. The goal for this year is to surpass 11,000 items.

Nationwide, the BAPS event is the largest school-related drive for Move For Hunger, and the district’s assistance throughout the school year makes it the top contributor of food donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

The districtwide drive began with an idea generated by Candy Lievsay, teacher at Sequoyah Middle School. In January 2012, her classroom read an article about Move For Hunger, a nonprofit organization that teams up with relocation companies across the nation to pick up non-perishable food items from people who are moving and deliver the items to local food banks. In the fall of 2012, Sequoyah held a food drive that collected more than 3,500 pounds of food, and Move For Hunger along with Accent Moving and Storage supplied the muscle to get the food delivered to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

"As a local Broken Arrow business since 1987, it is our way to give back to our city and to the citizens who are in need," said Accent Moving and Storage's Jody Davis. "This food drive has such a significant impact on our community, and it is an honor to serve the district, BA Neighbors and our city through this heartwarming effort."

In March of 2013, the district held its first districtwide food drive and has since collected more than 61,000 pounds of food. 

To learn more about Broken Arrow Neighbors, please visit www.baneighbors.org