We can all agree that things are pretty scary in the world right now. Whether you’re worried about yourself or a loved one contracting coronavirus, your income has been reduced or eliminated due to business closures, or you’re just not sure how you can endure another week of homeschooling all your kids, coronavirus has definitely changed the way we live our lives these days. While none of us can rid the world of coronavirus on our own, we can all do something to help, and the Williams Route 66 Marathon has been looking for a way to do just that during these uncertain times.
Last week, the Williams Route 66 Marathon was honored to donate eight pallets of non-perishable food and beverages from the 2019 race weekend to the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which has served as one of our partners in our Charity Challenge in previous years. If you’ve ever run the Williams Route 66 Marathon, you know that there are tons of Pepsi products at the finish line, including sodas and Muscle Milk, and like any race, we have tons of Gatorade for our participants. Finish line snacks also include Cheez-its and multigrain crackers. When we realized we had several pallets leftover we immediately thought of the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, which is working even harder than ever during these challenging times to make sure Oklahomans have food on the table.
The donated food and drinks will be used to create “disaster packs” for the Hunger-Free Oklahoma initiative, which is dedicated to ending food insecurity in Oklahoma. With many Oklahomans laid off and unsure of where their next meal is coming from, these disaster packs will help ease their burden. We are grateful to Jeff Marlowe of the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma for giving us the opportunity to help!