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Broken Arrow Public Schools collects more than 9,000 pounds of food for BA Neighbors

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To help reduce hunger in Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Public Schools partnered with Move For Hunger, Accent Moving and Storage, and Bama Companies for the seventh annual districtwide food drive.

For five days in March, students and staff from 27 school sites donated non-perishable food items in support of Broken Arrow Neighbors, a nonprofit providing basic needs and emergency assistance to Broken Arrow families.

The effort resulted in 9,771 pounds of food. The district’s assistance throughout the school year makes it the top contributor of food donations to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

“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,” Superintendent Dr. Janet Dunlop said. “I am so proud of our students and staff.”

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 deliver non-perishable food items to local food banks.

Broken Arrow’s Accent Moving and Storage supplied the muscle to deliver the collected food to Broken Arrow Neighbors.

“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 Accent Moving and Storage Owner Jody Davis. “Each year, we look forward to picking up and delivering the food to BA Neighbors.”

According to a report by Feeding America, 17.2 percent of people in Oklahoma suffer from food insecurity. In Tulsa County alone, more than 102,000 struggle with hunger and nearly 37,000 of those are children. The summer months can be especially difficult for many.

“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.”