Stuff the Bus Food Drive 2 News
The annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive organized by 2 News has gained tremendous support from viewers in the Tulsa area.
With just a week remaining until the deadline, generous donations have poured in to fill the gap and provide much-needed assistance to children in the region during the summer months.
The Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the beneficiary of this drive, expressed gratitude for the overwhelming response.
Richard Lunches, the Children’s Program Manager for the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, emphasized the significance of these donations.
The contributions, including canned goods and non-perishable items, will help fill a critical gap for numerous children in Green Country facing food insecurity.
The organization runs a summer feeding program, catering to over 5,000 children in Oklahoma.
Food drives like Stuff the Bus play an invaluable role in supporting their mission.
Marion Tiger News, who personally experienced the struggles of hunger in her childhood, took time from her lunch break to deliver donations to the 2 News studio.
Recognizing the ongoing need, she expressed her willingness to help kids in need, especially during the summer months when extra food is essential.
Another contributor, Ernst, also acknowledged the importance of assisting one another and made a donation.
The Food Bank highlighted the significance of these contributions, as 84% of Oklahoma children rely on free or reduced lunches during the school year.
Once school lets out for the summer, they lose access to this primary source of food.
The Food Bank aims to bridge this gap by ensuring kids can still eat nutritious meals during the break.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, they will be able to distribute a greater quantity of food this summer.
In addition to the donations, 2 News also made a generous monetary contribution of $2,000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
They believe that every dollar can stretch to provide four meals, further strengthening the impact of their support.
As the deadline approaches, the Tulsa community is encouraged to join in this important initiative by donating to the Stuff the Bus Food Drive.
With collective efforts, they can make a significant difference in the lives of children facing food insecurity and ensure they have access to meals before returning to school in the fall.