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November 2012

OSU-OKC, Regional Food Bank Honored for Partnership

 

OSU-OKC's Rene Hurst and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's David Tester.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s director of volunteer engagement David Tester, left, and OSU-Oklahoma City’s service learning coordinator Rene Hurst, right, display the Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award.

OSU-Oklahoma City and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma were recently honored for their collaboration by Oklahoma Campus Compact.

The partnership between the university and the nonprofit agency earned them the Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award.

Through the partnership, OSU-OKC students under the supervision of service learning coordinator Rene Hurst work with the Regional
Food Bank to design, implement, and conduct an annual food drive on campus. OSU-OKC faculty and the students work closely with Liz
Brandon of the Regional Food Bank to organize the timeline and process, which includes box drop off, collection, loading and weighing of all the food collected.

“It is a pleasure that our students have more than a service experience… they come away with so much more,” Hurst says. “Service Learning gives students a direct look at what type of need there is in Oklahoma.”

The impact on the community is the provision of more than 8,000 meals since the program’s inception in 2006.

The Regional Food Bank’s Director of Volunteer Engagement David Tester hopes to have many more years of collaboration between the agency and OSU-OKC.

“We try to have an excellent volunteer program and having the support of OSU-OKC means a great deal to us,” Tester said. “We would love to get more students and faculty involved. Having that special relationship and support with future leaders of the community means everything.”

According to Oklahoma Campus Compact, the award recognizes a campus-community partnership in each state that demonstrates a true partnership. They look for several things including: measurable impact on students, faculty and the institution; measurable impact on the lives of those served by the community agency; and commitment of the community agency to student learning.

To find out more about OSU-OKC’s Service Learning program, visit www.osuokc.edu/servicelearning. For more information on the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.

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