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United Way food drive working to feed Bryan Co. families


DURANT, OK--- Amy Smith is just one of the 2,500 people that visit Victory Life Food Bank weekly. She says the food bank helps her to feed her family during rough times.

"Every now and then it's nice to have a place where you can go to get a little extra help," Smith said.

Victory Life Food Bank director Sue Stanfield says the food bank is imperative to several members of the community.

"They appreciate it so much. We've had people come through the line crying because they didn't know what they were going to do and they didn't know there was a food bank. They came here and got groceries and the stuff that they got was stuff that they needed," Smith said.

Recently the food bank has been hurting for supplies. Currently the food bank is spending $1,500 dollars a month over its monthly budget to supply enough food for four counties. That's why donations are so important.

One Durant business is doing their part to help increase the amount of donations that the food bank receives. Red River Ford partnered with United Way to start an annual food drive four years ago.

"In the past four years we've collected 52-tons of food and 9-thousand dollars in contributions for the six local area food banks," Pat Lynch, of Red River Ford said.

This year the drive is trying to raise 50,000 pounds of food for six local food banks. Stanfield said the drive occurs at the perfect time because the months leading up to the holidays is when families need help the most.

"I mean we need it all the time but this time of year when people are really struggling and they're trying to even put their holiday meals together and everything and so that's why they rely on the food banks to help them," Stanfield said.

Drop boxes are located at several locations in Bryan County for those who wish to donate. These locations include Kiamichi Technology Center, Cardinal Glass, the Rib Crib, Gam eco and Red River Ford.