27

Sep

Tell Congress: Help Feed Hungry Kids


Time is running out for Congress to pass a child nutrition bill.  The bill expires on Thursday, and House leaders hope to pass a bill by then. Negotiations on the bill continue, and a vote could come as early as Wednesday.

Find out how you can help now. Thank you for your support in the fight against childhood hunger.

Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes is the Advocacy & Public Policy Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009.
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27

Sep

Fashion for Food!


Thank you to Johnathan Kayne and to all of our sponsors and supporters who joined us on Saturday night for the first ever Fashion for Food Fashion Show! What a fabulous night! We really appreciate everyone for participating in the auctions and helping to raise money for our Food for Kids program.

Be on the lookout for more photos! Thank you again to all those who supported this event!

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is the Marketing Coordinator at the Regional Food Bank. Natalie manages social media for the organization. Connect with her on Twitter (@rfbo) and Facebook!
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September is Hunger Action Month! Gary England is taking action this month by donating during a special gift matching challenge which will benefit our Food for Kids program. Every donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $102,000. Thanks to Buy for Less Grocery Stores, Top of the World, Marc Heitz Auto Family and two anonymous donors for their continuing support of the Food Bank. What are you doing to fight hunger this month? You can make a donation to Food for Kids now.

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is the Marketing Coordinator at the Regional Food Bank. Natalie manages social media for the organization. Connect with her on Twitter (@rfbo) and Facebook!
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23

Sep

Johnathan Kayne’s Fashion for Food Fashion Show


“Lighten up, it’s just fashion,” is probably the view most people have towards the fashion world.  They’re proponents of the belief that clothing serves a purely functional purpose and nothing else.  Those individuals who find the sublime in every stitch of a cashmere knit sweater or become enraptured at the sight of silk chiffon are considered alien to most people who just see a mass of fabric.  Clothing is meant to cover not to be coveted.   So, for the fashionably indifferent you should probably stop reading at this point.

The Food Bank will hold its first ever fashion event on Saturday, September 25th, hosted by Johnathan Kayne of Project Runway fame.  Last year the event took place at his home and was featured on TLC’s Gown Crazy (Google it and watch the show, then send me a link because I can’t seem to find it).  So why should you be excited? Because Kayne is creating custom-made designs and featuring them in a runway show to help raise money for the Food Bank’s Food for Kids backpack program.  There will be music, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction items and you’ll even have a chance to bid on several one-of-a-kind custom-designed dresses!  For fashion freaks, it just doesn’t get much better than that.

Although the Food Bank does so much to raise awareness of the issues hungry Oklahomans face, there are still many who don’t fully comprehend the magnitude of the obstacles the state must overcome in eliminating food insecurity.  That’s why I hope the people who attend this event will come away with an eagerness for the fashion and the spectacle but also walk away with an understanding of what the Food Bank does.  It’s thrilling to watch the Food Bank develop innovative ways of educating the public on what we do. Not everyone has the chance to work at an organization that willingly embraces the challenge to be inventive.

Not only am I excited for this event because I know we will accomplish what we set out to do, but because it will fulfill another dream of mine, one that I’ve had since I was a child.  My passion for fashion started with my first glimpse of a runway show on TV early on Saturday mornings.  I learned to wear heels before I learned to ride a bike, which actually remains true to this day since I still haven’t learned to ride a bike. And while I can’t claim to have been a style icon from the beginning, since I did spend a large part of my teenage years resembling a Persian rug due to my fondness for paisley, I did realize one of my passions in life. Now that I’m older and I’ve spent some time working for the Food Bank I’ve realized another passion in my life. And I hope that come September 25th you will do the same.

If you’re interested in attending the fashion show you can still buy tickets!

Connie Lam

Connie Lam

Connie Lam is the Marketing Intern at the Regional Food Bank. She recently graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Advertising.
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21

Sep


We need your help, and time is of the essence.  Far too many low-income children lack the nutritious food they need to be healthy and successful.  The child nutrition bill before Congress provides an opportunity to change that, but the improvements that are needed will not happen without your support.

The child nutrition bill passed by the Senate did not make the necessary improvements needed to ensure that low-income children are connected to these government-funded programs.  With Congress back in Washington, the House of Representatives has less than two weeks to strengthen and pass the bill before programs expire on September 30.

The House of Representatives shouldn’t wait another day to take action on child hunger, and neither should you.  Join others across the country in asking Congress to make this bill a priority!  Contact your Representative today!

Taking action is easy.  Just follow these instructions:

  • Go to www.hungeractioncenter.org/fastaction/
  • Fill in your name and address to identify your Congressional District
  • You will be provided a toll-free number and PIN that will connect you directly to your Representative’s office:
    1. Dial the toll-free number – 866-548-0332
    2. When prompted, enter your PIN
  • When the office answers, tell them that you are a constituent and provide your name and hometown.
  • Tell them that you are calling about Child Nutrition Reauthorization and deliver these messages:
    1. No child in Oklahoma should have to worry about where their next meal comes from.
    2. The House of Representatives should pass a strong child nutrition bill that doesn’t cut SNAP benefits.

Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes

Ashley Stokes is the Advocacy & Public Policy Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She graduated from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 2009.
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20

Sep

Geico Race for Freedom – A Celebration of Life


Recently, I attended and participated in the annual Geico Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Race for Freedom with some of my coworkers and friends. The Race for Freedom is a community wide walk/run event that is held each fall and sponsored by federal employees to raise money for non-profit organizations – organizations like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. (To support the Regional Food Bank in the Combined Federal Campaign, please mark designation code #67922.) This particular event provides an opportunity for the entire community to join together to “celebrate life through philanthropy, fitness and fun.”

After the event, when everyone was waiting to hear the results of the race, I met the Davis family. They lost Wayne Davis – their father, son, husband, friend – when the Twin Towers were attacked on September 11th. The youngest family member, Chai, was eight months old when his father was killed. His mother Tanya had to retire her commission to take care of their two young children. This year, they chose to celebrate the life of Wayne through participation in the Race for Freedom – it was their first time to be a part of the event. They all wore shirts honoring Wayne, and they were there to celebrate. Chai ran the entire two mile family walk/run and came in first place – he was so excited. Erik Salazar and Joey Bowling, race coordinators, awarded Chai his first place medal.

Chai didn’t only race to raise money to help the community – he raced in memory of his father – and inspired many of us with his story. The Davis family plan to attend the event each year bringing more of their family and friends into town to participate.

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony is a Development Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate and mother of two.
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