By Elizabeth Keys
STILLWATER, Okla. —
The Junior Service League wrapped up the annual Harvest II food drive with deliveries trucked to area organizations. Co-chairman Karen Belden said 48,330 pounds of food were donated to Harvest II and distributed to agencies.
“It was a very successful food drive,” she said. “We are excited about that amount of food and grateful to Crossroad Roofing, Fenton Office, Stillwater Design and Eskimo Joe’s for volunteering their time and trucks to deliver the pallets of food to the agencies on the 11th.”
Many sponsors and in-kind sponsors assisted with funding the Oklahoma State University Harvest Carnival which jump started the food collections.
From Nov. 6-11, community volunteers worked together to pick up food from collection locations, mark out bar codes, sort food, box, stack boxes on to pallets and distribute pallets of food to nine area agencies, including Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency, Mission of Hope, Storehouse, Love Feast, Salvation Army, Wings of Hope Family Crisis Services, Neighborhood Ministries, Payne County Youth Services, Cowboys for Compassion. Junior Service League also uses the food collections for another project to benefit Operation Christmas.
Throughout Stillwater and Perkins, 58 businesses and banks, 20 churches, 12 schools and many other organizations collected food.
“Westwood Elementary donated 3,870 pounds of food to Harvest II,” Belden said.
Within the Junior Service League, 45 members planned, coordinated and worked on the project for the past three months. More than 300 community volunteers worked in the warehouses to sort food. Volunteers included Stillwater Middle School Student Council, Sunnybrook Junior High, First Christian Church, Apostolic Church, North Jardot Church of Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Stillwater High School tennis team, Stillwater National Bank, Girl Scout Troops, Boy Scout Troops and OSU student volunteers.
Fenton’s and Kerns Construction supplied the warehouses to sort the food collections.
“You all are amazing and have made a huge difference in the lives of people living in and around our community,” Belden said.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma estimates more than 675,000 Oklahomans are at risk of going hungry every day. One in four of them are children. Through Harvest II, the community continues to feed the hungry in their own backyards.