By: Value News | Category: Special Interest | Issue: February 2008
FW Murphy raised over 39,000 pounds of food last year with an auction that included the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of one of their supervisors.
The 23rd Annual Food for Families Food and Fund Drive starts February 11 and runs through March 9. In this community-wide event, schools, organizations and businesses compete in various categories to see who can collect the most food and money. The proceeds help the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma feed the approximately 50,000 hungry Oklahomans who turn to their 425 Partner Programs in 24 counties of Eastern Oklahoma each week for food during the spring and summer months.
In this competition, every dollar counts as two pounds of food. Awards are given to first, second and third place winners in each category. Categories are: pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, combined schools, colleges/universities, organizations and clubs, businesses with less than 50 employees, businesses with 50 - 200 employees and businesses with more than 200 employees. In 2007, 107 organizations donated 85,000 pounds of food and over $29,000.
For the last nine years, Murphy, a Tulsa-based manufacturer of gages and controllers, has been the overall winner in this friendly competition. This year they have challenged all participants to beat them. It will not be an easy task. Last year they collected 39,744 pounds of food.
Most needed items for this food drive are canned protein (tuna, chicken, etc.), 100% fruit juice, peanut butter and jelly, soups, chili and stew, rice, pasta and pasta sauces and canned fruits and vegetables.
Students at Holland Hall Primary School raised over 650 pounds of food last year.
Corporations, organizations and schools can sign up for this event by contacting Amy Cannon at (918) 585-2800, ext. 114 or eat0@eau0eav0eaw0. Individuals can make a donation by visiting the Food Bank’s Web site and clicking on the Virtual Food Drive link. More information is available at www.cfbeo.org.