The Regional Food Bank typically relies on thousands of volunteers and donors, but they also get a lot of help feeding children from other charitable organizations, like the Norman Junior League.
Since 2011, the ladies of the Norman Junior League have become an essential step in providing food to the city's hungry middle and high school students.
“We feel it’s super important to keep their bellies full so they can concentrate at school, they can study and they don’t have to worry about finding their next meal,” said Erin Schornick with the Norman Junior League.
The group makes an annual donation to the Regional Food Bank in exchange for the food. The Junior League members then sort it, load it up in their personal cars and deliver to area schools.
“We can’t do it without them, we are so appreciate,” said Paul Tryggestad, the director of programs for Norman’s Dimensions Academy.
Counselors at the schools help identify the kids in need and then the bags of food are sent home to help them get through the weekend.
“With what’s going on in our country and unemployment and all that’s happening, more and more families are looking for those extra resources,” said Schornick.
Unfortunately, the pandemic has impacted the group's main fundraisers.
“Last year, we served 443 kids. This year, we are definitely going to see the need rise,” Schornick said.