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Food bound for tornado relief in Oklahoma

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Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 8:18 am

Community Harvest Food Bank on Friday sent its first load of donated food for Oklahoma tornado disaster relief efforts.

Claudia Johnson, director of communications for the food bank, said the community stepped up with food and monetary donations. Johnson said the truck was scheduled to arrive in Oklahoma late Friday night.

The collection will continue until the Food Bank is told it is no longer needed, Johnson said. It is collecting hand-held food items such as granola bars and ready-to-eat meals that do not require heat and can be opened without a can opener.

Community Harvest stresses that, at this time, the only thing first responders are asking for are these particular items and financial contributions. Any donations that are brought to the food bank that do not fit into those categories will be used for local hunger relief.

Community Harvest is accepting donations from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at its 999 E. Tillman Road facility. Checks can be made out to Community Harvest with “OK Tornado Relief” in the memo line.

Donations can also be made online at www.communityharvest.org. Click the “Donate” button on the homepage under the tornado relief information. Upon entering the donation information, a second donation review page will display a place for “special instructions.” Enter “OK Tornado Relief” in that area.