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Second-Annual “Grandsgiving” Food Drive

November 20, 2017 by  

2017 Grandsgiving Food Drive

We know a lot of you are packing up and pulling out of the driveway in a few short hours now, but there is one last thing you forgot to pack in to that magic bus of yours: a bag or two of canned goods from the pantry to contribute to the “Grandsgiving” food drive, which is stepping into its second year with a bold goal for a bountiful haul in 2017.

For the full 4-1-1, we reached out to the guy making it happen, Chris Hancock of International BMX Ministries.

Tell us a little about the genesis of the project.
Serving others is one of the core aspects of what International BMX Ministries is about.

We try to focus on Faith – Race – Serve. Last year, we decided to contact USA BMX and ask for their help in supporting a Food Drive at the Grands. We thought it would be a great opportunity for the BMX community to set aside competition for a bit and to collectively help those in need during Thanksgiving at the largest race of the year.

After discussing the idea and logistics with Shannon and John David they thought it was a great idea and helped us with the necessary space and some after Grands logistics.

Our friends at Sand Springs BMX also jumped on-board and offered to serve as a drop-off location during their annual Grands pre-race. Everything we have done has been in lock-step with the great people at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Who does the food drive benefit?
The food drive benefits the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. They provide food and other donated goods to 450 partner programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma.

These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, senior citizen centers and veteran programs. Together, they provide more than 396,000 meals each week to people struggling with hunger. During Fiscal Year 2017 they distributed more than 24.7 million pounds of food!

Where can people bring goods they want to donate?
We will have a few drop-off locations at this year. Donations can be dropped off at Sand Springs BMX during their Grands Pre-Race, at the International BMX Ministries pit space or at a few containers that will be located with signage in the arena.

Additionally, we will also be handing out bags in the bleachers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Grands to remind attendees to donate to the effort.

Tell us about last year’s food drive.
Last year, those who donated contributed 687 pounds of food, which help provide 520 meals. Our goal this year is to double the amount of food donated.

Anything else you’d like BMX News reader to know about the food drive, or International BMX Ministries?

Everyone can play a role in making the food drive a success, by bringing items to donate, encouraging others to donate and by promoting the food drive with your network.

A special thanks to Shannon, the USA BMX team, Sand Springs BMX and everyone else who has helped promote what we hope will become an annual staple during the Grands.

In addition to the food drive, we would also like to invite everyone to a stop by our pit space on Sunday morning at 7:45, 8:45, 9:45 or 10:45 am – for a 10 min prayer and devotional. Pick a time that works best for you and join us!

Check out their website, Facebook or Instagram for more info on International BMX Ministries (links below).

Links

International BMX Ministries Website

International BMX Ministries on Facebook

International BMX Ministries on Instagram


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