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Thunder Player Enes Kanter Gives Back, Volunteers At Food Bank

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It's that time of year when we reflect on what we're thankful for. But an Oklahoma City star Thunder player was not only giving thanks, but putting on a hair net to give back.

Standing at 6 foot 11, Thunder Center Enes Kanter put the basketball down, and put the hair and beard net on for a good cause. He assembled taco salads to go out to Oklahoma City's Van Buren Elementary School's Kid's Café, which serves at-risk kids.

“I think it’s one of the most important things is the fight against hunger so, I think that’s what we try to do today. Go out there and just have fun, and fight against hunger,” said Kanter.

He's one of the first volunteers to step foot in the Food Bank's new production kitchen, which will be used to serve all kid's cafes in the area and the kid's summer feeding program for chronically hungry children.

“We’re looking out for their nutritional needs, following USDA guidelines then we’re just trying to provide them with something that’s both tasty and nutritious,” said Regional Food Bank Kitchen Manager, Thomas Vanderschans.

So with a little help from Enes, the food bank went to Van Buren Elementary with meals in hand.

And while the kids were excited about the food understandably, they were a little more excited to see a Thunder player.

After some good exercise and talk about healthy meals, it was time to eat.

“It was very fun. I just have to go out there and put a smile on kids face. That’s what it’s all about,” said Kanter.

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