Downstream is in its 9th year making these donations, once during the spring, and once during the winter.

QUAPAW – Downstream Casino Resort has announced the completion of its second semi-annual regional food bank donations.

Downstream is in its 9th year making these donations, once during the spring, and once during the winter, delivering between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Deliveries are made to food banks and food pantries in Ottawa County, Okla., Cherokee and Crawford counties, Kan., Jasper County, Mo., and Benton and Washington counties, Ark.

“We have done this twice a year for about 9 years now, to try to raise awareness of the problem of hunger in our region, and to try to lead by example and urge everyone to do what they can to help," said Downstream Chairman John Berrey.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's annual "Food Insecurity" study, the Tri-State Region of Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas is losing the battle against hunger. About 17 percent of the region's households experience food insecurity, and about 6 percent of households have "very low food security." Those numbers are up over previous years, and that puts the region near the top of the nation's list of food-insecure regions.*

Last week the casino delivered about 40,000 canned vegetables to food banks and pantries, distributing 20 tons of canned food to eight food distribution agencies in six counties around the region.

The first of the Quapaw Tribe's semi-annual food bank donations this year were made in June, also distributing 20 tons of canned food to seven food banks in the same six counties as their winter donation.

*USDA Food Security in the United States, https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-security-in-the-united-states.aspx