With 1 in 6 Oklahomans living with food insecurity, we need strength in numbers.

Unfortunately, hunger is a reality in our state.

In Oklahoma, more than 620,000 residents are living with food insecurity.

Sadly, many are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and families who are struggling to make ends meet.

While many are in need, there are multiple ways to help the hungry in our local community.

On Monday, donations from the 37th annual Citywide Food Drive were on pace to set a record for the most food collected to support Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma.

For more information on Loaves & Fishes of Northwest Oklahoma, including volunteer and donation opportunities, visit http://www.loavesandfishesnwok.org.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s food pantry program has doubled in use, and the college is looking to expand the program to its other locations.

When the Campus Cabinet opened in January, it averaged between three to five visitors per weekly Wednesday opening.

The number has been closer to 10 or 11 in the weeks since the fall semester started.

Campus Cabinet opens 5-7 p.m. every Wednesday in Shockley Hall, room 108, at NWOSU-Alva.

Registration forms and additional information is available at www.nwosu.edu/campus-cabinet.

For more than two decades, another food pantry ministry has been happening at North Garland Church of Christ at 703 N. Garland.

Pantry hours are Thursday’s from 9:30-11:30 a.m., except for the first Thursday of every month and major holidays.

For questions call (580) 237-4658.

Shepherd’s Cupboard, an independent food pantry, feeds 125-150 families twice a month.

Although Bethany United Methodist Church just closed, there are no immediate plans for Shepherd’s Cupboard to move, and for now will continue operating out of the Bethany location at 931 E. Maple.

It’s hard to believe so many are suffering from hunger in the land of plenty, but they are.

Take a moment to volunteer or donate to one of our many local food pantries.

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