Autry Students Help Our Daily Bread Food Pantry
Autry students in the Automotive and Dental Assistant programs delivered the collected food items to Our Daily Bread food pantry.
ENID, OKLA. Students and faculty at Autry Technology Center will feed many hungry people this holiday season. They have collected 105,142.59 ounces of non-perishable food items and $2,651.65 in monetary donations that will go to Our Daily Bread. This year's collection exceeded last year's total by 31,764.24 ounces.
"This food drive for Our Daily Bread is a rewarding opportunity for our students at Autry Technology Center," said Janet Strate, director of student activities. "Not only do the students get to make a difference in the lives of others, they grow as individuals with a new, lasting sense of giving."
Students in all of Autry's 25 programs collected food from Nov. 12 until Dec. 5. The students competed against each other to see which program could collect the most donations. For the third year in a row, the morning Automotive program collected the most but the Dental Assistant program was a close second. In the afternoon, the Dental Assistant program collected the most with the Automotive program close behind. These students and instructors visited homes in several neighborhoods to gather donations as well as purchased canned food items themselves.
Autry students also reached out to local restaurants Chili's and Western Sizzlin. These restaurants gave a percentage of one day's sales to the effort.
Students from Autry's Automotive and Dental Assistant programs delivered the canned food items to Sandy Howard, the director of Our Daily Bread.
"These donations make a huge difference for Our Daily Bread," said Howard. "We need a ton of cans; more than the food bank can give. This food drive stocks our shelves for a long time."
Autry Technology Center has been a part of the Enid community since 1967 and is one of 29 CareerTech schools across Oklahoma. The center has more than 25 career programs and offers a wide variety of evening and weekend short-term courses and certifications for many diverse career fields. Autry serves nearly 16,000 individuals each year, including many area employees who receive training through the Business and Industry Services Department that works with over 500 local businesses each year.
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Autry Technology Center students in photo from left to right are Jacob Vasquez, Parker Sims, director of student activities Janet Strate, Krystian Chadwick, Ethan Blodgett, Zachary Pitts, Andrea Rivas, Brianna Crosswhite, and Sarahi Mata.
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