Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, (NEO), students are finding ways to give back to those in need by collecting non-perishable food items. Food items may be dropped off between now and Oct. 7 in Copen Hall, room 120 on the campus of NEO A&M.

The NEO business club chapter known as Phi Beta Lambda, (PBL), is sponsoring the food drive as part of a community service project for the Oklahoma Food Pantry. PBL will take all food donations to their state leadership conference on Saturday, Oct. 8 in McAlester, Okla. on the campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College.

Scott Donaldson, PBL club sponsor and NEO instructor, said "It is our responsibility as future business leaders to help those in need."

Donaldson said that donations may be delivered to Copen Hall, room 120, or to contact him at (620) 762-1181 and he will pick them up.

The mission of the Oklahoma Food Pantry is "fighting hunger... feeding hope," according to the organization's website.

According to data from www.regionlfoodbank.org, 600,000 Oklahomans will wake up each day and wonder where their next meal will come from.

Oklahoma ranks as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, but thanks to donors, volunteers and advocates, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is "Fighting Hunger...Feeding Hope."

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record-breaking 46.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 825 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week - nearly half of which are children.

The Regional Food Bank's administrative costs are below four percent, which means 96 cents of every dollar donated helps to directly provide food to Oklahomans in need.

Scott Donaldson, PBL club sponsor and NEO instructor, said "It is our responsibility as future business leaders to help those in need."

All food donations stay in Okla.