The Food 4 Kids Auction will kick off the annual backpack program with a mission to eliminate hunger this August.
The auction begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 13 at the Duncan Golf & Tennis Club.
Nicole Punneo, Food 4 Kids Committee Chairman, said this year’s theme centers around celebrating 10 year of feeding families.
This year’s carnival-themed event will feature a silent auction, a live auction, a dessert auction and a wine ring toss.
Punneo said they love hosting the auction at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club because of it’s fun atmosphere.
While organizing the event, Punneo said they hope to bring a fun night, while raising money to feed kids in the community. She said this year’s event is sold out of tickets faster than other years.
With a goal to raise $50,000, the funds will help feed kids throughout the year.
“The funds raised go to local schools to help support the backpack program, which sends food home with kids on the weekends,” Punneo said. “Any and all funds help.”
As in recent years, Punneo said, the Food 4 Kids backpack program's motto is “learning begins when hunger ends.”
Statistics in Oklahoma show there are many children who aren’t getting enough nutritional nourishment in their homes.
“One in four children in Oklahoma lives in households that are struggling to put food on the table,” Punneo said.
The backpack program helps provide ways to put healthy and nutritious food into the hands of many families.
The program will proceed as they have in previous years to get food into the hands of these families.
Sandy Stewart with the Duncan Chamber of Commerce said proceeds will benefit the Food 4 Kids Program for all of Stephens County and the Duncan Chamber of Commerce.
Even with a sold out event, the Food 4 Kids backpack program will still accept any donations of items or money the community would like to donate.
“We would appreciate any donation items to be auctioned off,” Punneo said. “If community members can’t attend, we accept any donations to go toward this fundraising goal as well.”
For more information, contact Sandy Stewart at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce at 580-255-3644 or email@example.com.