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Bryan County Students Fight Hunger

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BRYAN COUNTY--In the sour economy, many Oklahoma pantries may be empty. A group of students is working to fill them up.

"I just enjoy helping people--serving," Blake Martin said, Victory Life Academy student. "It's one thing I like doing."

Students at Victory Life Academy in Durant are participating in a state-wide effort to stop Oklahoma hunger, one can at a time.

"But to really think that a can that may be in your pantry for a couple of months that just hasn't been opened or used could actually feed somebody else that doesn't get to eat that day," Annette Rustin said, student council sponsor.

The food drive starts October 18th and ends the 29th. Food can be dropped off at the Academy. 

All the food donated in Bryan County will stay in Bryan County. They're asking for canned goods and non perishables.

"And it's our community --and like we help--if we stand together in these times--no matter what you stand stronger because even in the beginnings our generations they would help each other," Martin said. 

More importantly, the drive teaches students the importance of volunteering.

"It teaches them first hand how to love their neighbor, and it gives them the opportunity to just reach out and do something really tangible to meet the needs of the people that are around them," Rustin said.

The students will be feeding hope, one donation at a time. The state-wide regional food bank of Oklahoma collected enough food for 600,000 meals. A few of the Bryan County agencies that will benefit include the Victory Life Food Bank, Saint Catherine's House, and Families Feeding Families.

The Victory Life Food Bank is open Mondays from 4:00 PM till 7:00 PM.

Jen French, KTEN News