Soraya Payne, Hunger Outreach
Soraya’s desire to serve emerges from her passion for helping children and their families. New York City is where Soraya was born and raised. Her travels internationally to the foreign countries of Belgium, France, England, Monaco, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, and Switzerland have given her a compassionate and empathetic heart for people worldwide and cemented her foundation in community service. Soraya enjoyed facilitating activities for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma as the BackPack Program Coordinator, TPS as the After School Club Snack Program Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, and Community Schools Coordinator. She believes we must address the root causes of hunger and deepen our understanding of structural and systemic inequities that disproportionately impact marginalized communities. As a TPS Parent Involvement Facilitator of over 500 families, she developed a philosophy articulated in the Chinese proverb, “You give a poor man a fish, and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish, and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”
Soraya is a Booker T. Washington High School graduate, Tulsa Community College graduate, and an Oral Roberts University Alumni. She’s a former Miss Black Tulsa County and Miss Congeniality – Miss Black Oklahoma Pageant. Soraya is committed to building relationships and environments that link teaching and learning with services and supports, and opportunities developed through community partnerships critical to helping Oklahomans experiencing food insecurities. Formerly, Soraya has also worked with AmeriCorps, Reading Partners, and the YMCA of Greater Tulsa.