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Annual districtwide food drive to raise items for BA Neighbors March 2-6

With the help of Move For Hunger, Broken Arrow Accent Moving and Storage, and Bama Companies, Broken Arrow Public Schools is holding its seventh annual districtwide food drive March 2-6 to benefit Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit that provides basic needs and emergency assistance.

Broken Arrow Neighbors is asking certain sites to collect specific items in order to complete summer food baskets that will be distributed to families in need.

  • Early Childhood Centers: Pudding, Jell-O, Muffin Mixes (flavored or corn)
  • Elementary Sites: Breakfast Bars, Granola Bars, Pop Tarts, Fruit Chews/Rollups, Raisins, Juice Boxes
  • Middle Schools: Manwich, Mac and Cheese, SpaghettiOs, Raviolis, Stew, Spaghetti Sauce
  • Freshman Academy/BAHS/Options Academy: Peanut Butter, Jelly

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.

Last year, the food drive resulted in more than 9,000 pounds of food.

Nationwide, the BA 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.

In March of 2013, the district held its first districtwide food drive and has since collected more than 80,000 pounds of food. 

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