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Hunger Hits Homes This Holiday Season

Hungry Students Turn to Food Bank to Fill Bellies Over Break

December 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – For many low-income families, the free and reduced-price school meal program alleviates the stress of providing breakfast and/or lunch for their children throughout the school year.  But when school is out for break, many of these children are left wondering where their next meal is coming from.  Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is partnering with sites around the metro to provide lunch and snacks to students over the winter break.

From December 18 through January 3, any child 18 and under can receive a free lunch and snack weekdays.  All sites will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s.  Locations include:

  • Camp Village YMCA, located at 9401 Ridgeview, OKC 73120. Lunch is served at noon and a snack is served at 3 p.m.
  • Neighborhoods in Action, located at 1124 N. Douglas, Midwest City 73130.  Lunch is served at noon and a snack is served at 3 p.m.
  • Salvation Army B&GC, located at 2808 S.E. 44th, OKC 73101.  Lunch is served at noon and a snack is served at 2:30 p.m.
  • St Jude Missionary Baptist, located at 1001 N.W. 92nd, OKC 73114.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and a snack is served at 2:50 p.m.
  • McKinley Park, located at 1300 N. McKinley, OKC 73106.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and a snack is served at 3 p.m.
  • I Can Family Center, located at 3200 N.W. 48th St., OKC 73112.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and a snack is served at 3:15 p.m.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1 N.W. 4th St., OKC 73102.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and a snack is served at 3:30 p.m.
  • North Side YMCA, located at 10000 N. Penn, OKC 73120.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and a snack is served at 3 p.m.
  • Northwest Optimist, located at 3301 N.W. Grand Blvd, OKC 73116.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and a snack is served at 3 p.m.  This site is only open December 18 through 20.
  • Urban League, located at 3900 N. MLK Ave, OKC 73111.  Lunch is at noon and a snack is served at 3:30 p.m. This site is only open December 18 through 20.

The Regional Food Bank is also providing elementary school children on the Food for Kids Backpack Program with extra sacks of food over the winter break.  Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.  Last school year, more than 15,000 students in 477 schools participated in the Backpack Program.

Students on the School Pantry program will also receive extra food over the long break. The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving nearly 3,000 students in 91 middle and high schools.

“A middle school student was sent to the office for taking food off of a teacher’s desk,” share a Food for Kids School Pantry Coordinator.  “She took the food because she didn’t have any food at home. She has been signed up for the School Pantry program and is doing much better now.”

Statewide, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger and doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from.  The Regional Food Bank is dedicated to “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”  Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma.

Thanks to a $1 Million Holiday Match, which is sponsored by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Carita Famiglia, L.L.C, every $1 donated will provide 10 meals for hungry Oklahomans. It’s not too late to make a difference this holiday season. Consider a gift to the Regional Food Bank in honor or in memory of a loved one. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3136.

In accordance with federal law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326‐W, Whiten Building, 1400 Independence Ave., SW,Washington, D.C. 20250‐9410, or call (202) 720‐5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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