OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla., — The Oklahoma Restaurant Association (ORA), Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association (OHLA), Feed the Children and Discovery Church of Yukon are partnering to announce ‘Phase Two of an Essentials Package guaranteeing more than 300 non-perishable food and personal care packages to Oklahoma City hospitality workers who are unemployed due to COVID-19 layoffs. Each care package contains a 25 lb. box of non-perishable food and a 12 lb. box of personal essentials. Donations will be distributed on April 15 from 10am-12pm at Discovery Church, 900 E. Main Street in Yukon. Oklahoma City metro hospitality employees are asked to register in advance through the Feed the Children’s Hospitality Essential Care Package portal.
This effort is being organized by Feed the Children and hosted and sponsored by Discovery Church who is providing volunteers and other resources. Food and resources are critical to the survival of hospitality workers, and this effort is expected to significantly impact the lives of many unemployed individuals who are struggling to make ends meet, due to no fault of their own.
“The Discovery Church donation will provide generous support for those on the front-line of Oklahoma hospitality, and with more than 150,000 workers currently unemployed, the need is vast. Everyone knows someone working in hospitality, and it’s amazing to see the Oklahoma community come together to support those who normally serve them on a daily basis.” said Patti Colley, Chief Strategy Officer of the ORA and OH&LA.
Both associations continue to communicate and encourage their members to register for Feed the Children’s official Hospitality Essential Care Package portal. Register in advance at Hospitality Essential Care Package portal where you will be confirmed through email with Feed the Children
“We are thankful for the opportunity to bless these family. It’s an exciting time to see God move despite all the uncertainty the world is experiencing. We have a great church that has a heart to give during this time when so many have been impacted by COVID-19. We hope to not just provide food for the families we are serving this week, but also provide a word of hope as well,” said Kevin Fouts, Discovery Church Senior Pastor.
“Feed the Children is taking action to ensure our neighbors aren't forgotten. We understand that many Americans are facing unexpected challenges, and we are working diligently with our corporate and community partners to ensure that as needs rise, children and their families continue to receive the food and supplies they need,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO.
Founded in 1933, the Oklahoma Restaurant Association is the trade association of restaurants and foodservice operations, the state's largest private industry employer. Representing more than 4,000 restaurants and members, the ORA actively monitors legislation and regulatory agencies; helps foodservice management develop and strengthen business; and develops the membership to do together for the industry what cannot be done individually. Visit okrestaurants.com for more information.
Incorporated in 1974, the Oklahoma Hotel & Lodging Association is Oklahoma's trade association for the hotel and lodging industry. The OH&LA actively provides advocacy, education and resources for operators and professionals in all types of lodging businesses throughout the state of Oklahoma. This $7 billion industry employs more than 63,000 Oklahomans. The OH&LA is a state partner of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and represents $12 billion in business sales, more than $6 billion in guest spending and $2 billion in hotel industry wages and salaries. Visit oklahomahotels.org for more information.
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships. Visit feedthechildren.org for more information.
At Discovery Church, we invite you to join our online services streaming live on Facebook and our website. If you have prayer requests we want to know about them. Please email: email@example.com . Here are the places you can connect with us: On our website, www.discoveryokc.org; on Facebook: @discoveryokc and on Instagram: @discoveryokc.