Evelyn Nienhuis | 2019 Sara J. Waggoner Hunger Awareness Award

  Longevity and consistency are frequently overlooked values in a fast-paced world of newer, faster, more. However, longevity, consistency, and compassionate energy describe Evelyn Nienhuis’ commitment to providing hope to hungry Oklahomans. Evelyn’s devotion and involvement with the Food Bank dates back to the earliest days of operations. Ms. Nienhuis...

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Meet Phillip Gragg: Junior Ambassador, Promising Artist

  Battle of the Bands is the much-anticipated annual event of the Junior Ambassadors. Each year it brings new levels of participation, leadership, and action from area high school students, as well as an evening of enthusiastic fun for musicians and concertgoers of all ages. Last year introduced a unique...

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Dinalee Artist and Advocate

This poster was designed for use at each school site housing a school pantry. It informs students that confidential food help is available and how to access it. Meet the winner of the design contest, Dinalee from Rogers High School. “The inspiration I got, by creating the poster, was from my...

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Sandy, A Cooking Matters Hero

Sandy Alexander is a hero, just like her husband of 50 years. Ron was a decorated Lieutenant Colonel and helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, however, it was his infectious kindness to others that marks his legacy. Sandy thinks of her charitable work in the same vein. “Ron left me...

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From Cover Crops to Table Tops

Farm to Food Bank is a pilot program and example of how conservation is key to fighting hunger. The program is designed to improve soil health, key to producing enough food to feed everyone on the planet. The gleanings from the program go to feed people who are hungry now....

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Cherokee Nation: Commitment to Caring

As continuing participants in the United Way Day of Caring, the Cherokee Nation brought more volunteers to the Food Bank than they ever have. About 50 people worked on a variety of projects in the Volunteer Center, in the gardens, and in the Growtainers. The Cherokee Nation has a presence...

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The Purple Bus of Montereau: Help on the Way

  The 2018 Sara J. Waggoner Hunger Awareness Award was presented to the Residents of Montereau as a result of their collective, consistent involvement with the Food Bank. Since 2009, the steady stream of volunteers led by Lloyd Zelewski, and riding their unique purple van, have provided thousands of hours...

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Junior Ambassadors Have a Momentous Year

By: Anna Hartshorne; Jr. Ambassador The Junior Ambassadors have worked to become involved in the efforts of the Food Bank and bring awareness to other high schoolers about the need for active involvement and service in the Tulsa community. The Junior Ambassadors are a group of high school students who...

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Volunteer Stories: John and Sandra Barnett

A Heart for the Hungry Can Quadruple Giving   John Barnett, Jr., a retiree of Williams, and his wife, Sandra, take every opportunity to support the Food Bank through matching challenge gifts throughout the year. Charitable foundations and other organizations often provide match challenges as an incentive to encourage donors...

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