The 2019 Food 4 Kids auction was determined a “success” after the final total was calculated. The annual event funds the Food 4 Kids backpack program which supplies backpacks to more than 250 children each Friday at local elementary schools in an effort to ensure children have food to last them the weekend.
Additionally, funds from the event also go to the Middle and High School Pantry Programs, which provides “chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends and school holidays,” according to Duncan Chamber of Commerce. Both of these pantries are located on school grounds.
On the night of the event $37,500 was raised and since this is a partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the money was able to be doubled thanks to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs who will match dollar for dollar, up to $180,000, thanks to The Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma, Lezlie and David Hudiburg, David Gorham, 7-Eleven Stores and an anonymous donor who issued a matching gift challenge.
The total raised increased to $75,000.
Over the last eight years the auction has raised $453,994.