Durant Red River Ford dealership ride and drive event benefitting local food banks

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DURANT, Okla. (KXII) -- "It was fun," says test driver Tammy Whitley. "I drove the mustang, it was fun."

"We're excited here at Red River Ford," says Red River Ford partner Darrell Mendez. "We're hosting our annual Red River Ford United Way food drive which benefits all local United Way food banks."

For every Ford test driver at the Red River location in Durant on Wednesday, Ford will donate 20 dollars to the Bryan County United Way food banks.

"The money will go to Hands of Hope, Saint Catherine's food pantry and Families Feeding Families," says Bryan County United Way Director Pamela Robinson.

According to the most recent US Census, 18.1 percent of people in Bryan County are living in poverty, a number that local food banks say is hard to keep up with.

"We do suffer poverty right here in Durant, Oklahoma and in Bryan County," says Robinson. "And the agencies that United Way serves, we try to address that and give people a better life as much as possible."

United Way tells us the food pantries buy the food from a major distributor in OKC to get more bang for their buck, but they solely rely on community donations for money.

"We do need the community to step up and to be a part and this is a way they can be a part without parting with a dollar," says Hands of Hope Director Sue Stanfield.

"It's just so worthwhile and it's such an important facet of Durant and of Bryan County," says test driver Alison Poe.

Each food pantry tells me the donations they'll receive from Red River Ford will give them enough money to buy enough food for a month.

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