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ORU Students Combat Hunger on Halloween

ORU Missions and OutreachOn Halloween Oral Roberts University students volunteered to help combat hunger in the Tulsa Community. The ORU Missions and Outreach Department hosted their annual Fall Outreach with a unique twist on “trick or treating.” The university sent hundreds of students door-to-door to collect cans of food for the needy instead of candy.

The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 17.9 million households in the U.S. are food insecure and also ranked Oklahoma as the fifth hungriest state in America. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma reports that more than 675,000 Oklahomans wake up each morning not knowing where their next meal will come from.

“Hunger is a serious problem in the United States,” said ORU Sophomore Lacey Russ. “Fall Outreach gives students a great opportunity to help struggling families in the local community.”

ORU collected more than 10,000 cans of food with 75 percent benefiting John 3:16 Mission and 25 percent supporting other local outreaches for the poor and homeless.

The Missions and Outreach Department also raised over $3,400 to support a feeding program with the Global Hunger Project. This initiative will provide weekly meals to hundreds of children in the Philippines.

“The decision to partner with John 3:16 Mission and the Global Hunger Project for Fall Outreach widened our ability to help the hungry in Tulsa and around the world,” said ORU Director of Missions and Outreach Bobby Parks. “ORU students were able to help thousands of families who struggle with hunger daily.”