November is traditionally the month of thanks and giving, and ORU’s Enactus went out to make sure it stays like that.
Enactus gathered 5,266 pounds of food in one week. Club president Alex McDonald spearheaded the event, “Let’s Can Hunger.”
Enactus donated the food to the Food Bank of Oklahoma. This semiannual event just saw its biggest pull since its inception five years ago. The nonperishable food gathered doubled the amount that was collected last spring.
Enactus is a student led business club guided by academic advisers and entrepreneurial experts. The club came up with the slogan “Let’s Can Hunger” because they saw the need to feed the hungry in Oklahoma. Joining with the food bank allowed their donations to go further.
“We noticed that there are many people who are food insecure in Oklahoma,” McDonald said. “And we wanted to be a part of the cause to ‘can’ hunger.”
The food bank provides food and other donated products to counties in Oklahoma, distributing 335,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans each week.
“We really made sure that we marketed the event the best we could by utilizing all forms of media to get the word out,” McDonald said.
The group gathered food from participants on and off campus.
“I personally love being able to be part of an organization (Enactus) that cares so much about our community,” McDonald said. “Over this past year, the Lord has broken my heart—and I know my teams’ heart—to reach out to the people in our community.”