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Hunger is Not OK

Fight Hunger During September Hunger Action Month

September 11, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY -  Sadly, one in seven Oklahomans may go to bed hungry tonight.  It’s time to stand up to hunger and take action. Join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and say “Hunger is not OK” this September by participating in Hunger Action Month.

Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort to mobilize the public; bring greater attention to the issue of hunger; and promote different ways to get involved.  Through Feeding America, the Regional Food Bank is joining more than 200 food banks across the nation to encourage the public to take action against hunger.

“Regular meals are so vital – a child who has enough to eat is happier, develops more steadily and is better equipped to tackle challenges at school and in life,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “By helping the Regional Food Bank ensure kids have access to regular nutritious meals, you’re truly paving the way for them – and our community – to have a brighter future.”

Whether it’s volunteering at a local pantry or donating to the Regional Food Bank, there is something that every Oklahoman can do to make a positive impact in their community and fight hunger.  Some of the ways you can get involved include:

  • Double your donation to Food for Kids this month.  Hunger must end before learning can begin.  Through September 30th, thanks to the generosity of Trusted Choice — Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, Top of the World, and an anonymous family donor, all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7111. 
  • Oklahoma's Own Ride Against Childhood Hunger.  On September 23, join Stan Miller for a motorcycle ride from News 9 Studios in Oklahoma City to Forman Harley Davidson in Stillwater. The event begins with registration and breakfast in the News 9 parking lot at 7 a.m. Once in Stillwater, there will be an auction, prize giveaways, music and more.  All donations benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Backpack Program (pre-registration for the ride required). 
  • Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank.  It’s a fun team-building experience for corporate groups; a bonding experience for families; and a great way for church groups to come together and give back to their community.  Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; and by appointment.  Groups of five or more people can call 405.600.3154 or email volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org to set up a volunteer appointment. 

Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where more than 675,000 people are food insecure.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week.  The majority of those served by the nonprofit are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

“An elderly couple came in to our food pantry and apologized for having to ask for food,” said a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.  “We assured them that it was fine.  The husband told us his wife had been ill and had been in the hospital for a month in Oklahoma City. They have kept their bills up as good as they could with their Social Security benefits.  The food we gave them is a great help to them. They are both so thankful and the wife is doing much better. “

Join the fight against hunger; donate or volunteer today.  For more information call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.  Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 452 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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