10

Jul

Mobilize the Public Vlog #2


We just completed our first full day of sessions, and it was great! There have already been some great takeaways for the Volunteer Department, and I’ve been able to network with vendors and other Food Bank staff members from across the nation.

I’m speaking tomorrow on engaging the next generation of volunteers, so be looking for another update soon. I’m also working on a video with great footage from Chicago to pass along. Thanks for following our progress at the 2012 Mobilizing the Public Learning Conference hosted by Feeding America.

09

Jul

Mobilize the Public Vlog #1


Check out David’s first vlog!

Shae Kennedy

Shae Kennedy

Shae Kennedy is the eCommunications Manager at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Shae graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a bachelors degree in Agriculutral Communications.
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The Pound for Pound Challenge has officially ended for the year. Many of us at the Regional Food Bank said goodbye to unwanted and unhealthy weight. As a group, we lost a total of 153 pounds. Everyone who participated is below their start weight – yes! As a group, we lost 6 percent of our total body weight, with one individual losing 12% of their body weight and another losing 11 percent of their body weight.

In addition to our employee weight loss, many Oklahomans pledged to change their lifestyles and lose weight, too. This year, individuals across the nation pledged to lose a total of 6.2 million pounds. Folks in our service area (1,616 individuals) pledged to lose 51,189 pounds! With generous donation of $.14 per pound pledged from the Pound For Pound Challenge, the Food Bank will receive a gift in the amount of $7,166. This gift will allow us to provide more than 50,000 meals those struggling from hunger!

Great job everyone!

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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10

Jun

General Mills donates truckload of food


During the season finale of the television show The Biggest Loser, General Mills pledged that one can of Progresso Soup or one can of Green Giant vegetables will be donated to Feeding America, for every pound pledged to the Pound For Pound Challenge.  Nationwide, Food Banks will receive nearly 5.9 million cans of product.

Today, General Mills donated a truckload of Green Giant Sweet Peas and Cut Green Beans to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which will help provide 27,620 meals to hungry Oklahomans this summer!!

Additionally, for every pound pledged at pfpchallenge.com, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14 cents to Feeding America, who will then distribute the donations to Food Banks across the country, including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. So far, Oklahomans have pledged to lose nearly 50,500 pounds in the Pound for Pound Challenge. The Pound For Pound Challenge, sponsored by The Biggest Loser, Feeding America, General Mills, Subway, 24 Hour Fitness and The Kroger Co., is designed to help deliver millions of pounds of groceries to local food banks across the U.S.

You can still pledge to lose weight until June 30, which in turn will raise donations for the Regional Food Bank.

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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Last week’s finale of The Biggest Loser was amazing. Seeing how the contestants had continued their weight loss and life changing journeys on their own at home was quite inspiring. Michael ended up winning the title of The Biggest Loser by losing 264 pounds – more than half his weight (526 starting weight)! Just amazing.

After the confetti fell and the show was over, I wondered how many people decided to lose weight; who all tuned into the show for the first time, saw where these folks started, and where they ended up. The Pound for Pound Challenge is still out there. People can still join and pledge to lose weight through June 30th – so it isn’t too late.  Right now, just over six million pounds have been pledged, and thanks to a last minute donation from Kroger, the Pound for Pound Challenge can deliver up 7.7M pounds of food!

Unfortunately, Oklahoma has slipped down from 24th place to 27th – so let’s go Oklahoma!  Make a pledge to yourself today to get healthy and lose weight. Just go to Pound for Pound Challenge and click on Pledge – then you can enter some basic information and the weight you pledge to lose will be credited to your community’s food bank. For every pound you pledge to lose, your food bank will receive 14 cents!

Pound for Pound Challenge Staff Updates:
Food Bank staff who have joined the challenge are now at 140 pounds lost! Great job everyone!

Oklahoma has fallen down to 27th place, pledging to lose 78,725 pounds! Again Oklahoma – it isn’t too late to pledge!!!

White Bean Hummus Pitas


Check out this healthy recipe from eatbetteramerica.com!

Fiber Up With Beans
Cannellini beans are loaded with fiber—the soluble kind that helps to lower blood cholesterol. Start slowly so you have time to get used to more fiber.

Prep Time: 20 min
Start to Finish: 20 min
Makes: 4 servings

Hummus
1 can (15 or 19 oz) Progresso® cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small clove garlic, chopped
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
Sandwiches
4 whole wheat pita (pocket) breads (6 inch), cut in half to form pockets
1 1/2 cups loosely packed fresh spinach
4 very thin slices red onion, cut in half
8 thin slices tomato, cut in half

1. In food processor bowl, place all hummus ingredients except basil; process 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Add basil; pulse to mix.
2. To assemble sandwiches, spoon about 2 tablespoons hummus into each pita bread half. Place spinach leaves, onion and tomato slices in each.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 330 (Calories from Fat 45); Total Fat 5g (Saturated Fat 1g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 460mg; Total Carbohydrate 56g (Dietary Fiber 10g, Sugars 6g); Protein 15g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 30%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 10%; Iron 30%
Exchanges: 3 1/2 Starch; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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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20

Apr

Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 8th


On Saturday, May 8th you can help stamp out hunger. Simply fill a sack with nonparishible food donations and leave it by your mailbox by 7 am. Your letter carrier will do the rest. Need a reminder? RSVP for the event on Facebook!

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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15

Apr

Pound For Pound Challenge Update – Springtime!


Spring is definitely here. If you are not motivated to workout inside on the treadmill, elliptical trainer – or even lift weights – it is time to get outside! No excuses folks! Getting out in the sun can actually help you in many ways!

Some people limit the amount of time they are outside since we are all more aware  that over exposure to the sun will cause damage to our skin and cause skin cancer, BUT studies are now suggesting that regular exposure to the sun’s rays actually improves health. Just 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine twice a week can make a difference. Just make sure to wear SPF 30 or higher, and apply often!

So, you ask, ”what does sunshine do?“ Well, sunshine stimulates the production of serotonin, which promotes a good mental attitude. It also stimulates the pineal gland, which produces melatonin. Melatonin is one of the chemicals that operates our internal clocks and helps with sleep. Ninety percent of our Vitamin D comes from exposure to the sun. We can get Vitamin D from food, but not enough for optimal health which is why supplementing our Vitamin D intake is necessary. What does Vitamin D do for our bodies?

  • Most recent studies suggest that since Vitamin D helps to lower blood cholesterol levels it is a factor in fighting heart disease.
  • Vitamin D is necessary for strong bones and teeth as it aids in the absorption of calcium.
  • Sufficient vitamin D also regulates the immune system.
  • Vitamin D may even help slow down the aging process. A study showed that the biological markers, called telomeres, were longer (a sign of being biologically younger and healthier) in participants with higher levels of vitamin D. *Kareen Rose, Health Benefits of Sunshine

So, let’s burn some calories folks: mow the yard, dig in those flower beds or vegetable gardens, wash the windows, take your dog (or kid) for a walk, shoot some hoops – just find something that gets you moving outside and get that extra energy boost your weight loss plan needs. And make sure to slap on some sunscreen!

Join us today to make the change – consider joining The Biggest Loser’s Pound for Pound Challenge. For every pound of weight you pledge to lose, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14 cents to your local Food Bank! (That’s us!)

Pound for Pound Challenge Staff Updates:
Food Bank staff who have joined the challenge are now at 98 pounds lost! Great job everyone!

Oklahoma is still in 24th place, pledging to lose 69,355 pounds!

Black Bean-Bagel Sandwiches

Black Bean-Bagel Sandwiches

Check out this healthy recipe from eatbetteramerica.com!

Fiber Up with Beans:
Black beans are loaded with fiber–the soluble kind that helps to lower blood cholesterol. Start slowly so you have time to get used to more fiber!

Vegetarian BLT – Fiber-rich bean, lettuce and tomato–on a bagel!

Prep Time: 10 min
Start to Finish: 10 min
Makes: 4 sandwiches

1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained, rinsed
1/3 cup chunky-style salsa
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin or chili powder
4 bagels, cut horizontally in half
2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, sliced
Lettuce leaves

1. In food processor or blender, process beans, salsa and cumin until smooth.
2. Spread 1/4 cup bean mixture over each of 4 bagel halves. Top with tomato, lettuce and remaining bagel halves.

Nutritional Information
1 Sandwich: Calories 300 (Calories from Fat 15); Total Fat 1 1/2g (Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 400mg; Total Carbohydrate 57g (Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 7g); Protein 15g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 8%; Vitamin C 15%; Calcium 10%; Iron 25%
Exchanges: 3 1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat
Carbohydrate Choices: 4

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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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“For all the debate lately, one basic fact about America’s health care crisis is rarely mentioned. Namely, the one thing that could really reform health care is you, collectively speaking: People living healthier lives.” – Steve Lohr, New York Times

Eating healthy and being active isn’t just about making it into a smaller jean or dress size. It is about being the best “you” you can be. It means less obesity, less diabetes, less cardiovascular disease… just to name a few. Oklahoma has the sixth highest rate of adult obesity in the nation at 29.5 percent and the 33rd highest of overweight youths (ages 10-17) also at 29.5 percent according to a 2009 report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Here’s something important to know: this is the first generation of children who aren’t expected to live as long as their parents.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years and despite programs like The Biggest Loser, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Shaq’s Family Challenge and even Celebrity Boot Camp – it continues to grow. This increase in obesity has both immediate and long-term health effects for our kids and our country. For example:

  • Obese kids are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure.
  • Obese kids are at a greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.
  • Obese kids are more likely to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore are more at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, and several types of cancer.
  • Obesity can cut off 10, 12, and 15 years or more of one’s life.

There are some rather simple ways we can each make a big difference in not only our own, but our kids’ lives. If you want to make a positive change in the health of your children and to an extent, the health of our state and country, here are some simple things you can do:
Shop for your family at your local farmer’s market.

  • If you don’t have a local farmer’s market, buy local foods at your grocery store.
  • Buy organic as much as possible.
  • Take your kids with you to shop for foods and teach them where the foods come from.
  • Volunteer with the Food Bank’s Urban Harvest program or one of our partner community gardens – this helps the kids understand that fruits and vegetables don’t come from a can.
  • If you have outdoor space, start a vegetable garden with your kids.
  • If you already have a garden, involve your kids in it.
  • If you have limited outdoor space, consider planting herbs, small lettuces and cherry tomatoes in window boxes or small containers

Just food for thought. It is never too late to change, so if you haven’t already, please consider joining the Pound for Pound Challenge – sign up today. For every pound of weight you pledge to lose, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, Feeding America, 24 Hour Fitness, Subway and General Mills will donate 14 cents to your local food bank.  Sign up now!

Updates:
Food Bank staff who have joined the challenge are holding steady at 91 pounds lost! Woo Hoo!!!

Oklahoma is still in 24th place, pledging to lose 68,134 pounds!

- By Melanie Anthony, Grants Manager

Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps

Peanut Butter and Banana Wraps

From eatbetteramerica.com

Peanut Butter Passion
Peanut butter contains magnesium which helps send signals to the muscles via the nervous system. Muscles help bones move so you can do many things.

Prep Time: 10 min
Start to Finish: 10 min
Makes: 4 servings

1/2 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter spread
4 whole wheat or regular flour tortillas (8 to 10 inch)
1/4 cup honey
2 small bananas, sliced
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, if desired

1. Spread 2 tablespoons of the peanut butter evenly over each tortilla. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the honey over each tortilla. Top with banana slices and chocolate chips.
2. Roll up tortillas. Secure with toothpicks.

Nutritional Information
1 Serving: Calories 410 (Calories from Fat 120); Total Fat 14g (Saturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 370mg; Total Carbohydrate 58g (Dietary Fiber 6g, Sugars 29g); Protein 13g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 0%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 2%; Iron 10%
Exchanges: 2 Starch; 1/2 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Vegetable; 1 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat
Carbohydrate Choices: 4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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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23

Mar


Do you eat because you’re hungry? For me, that’s a great goal! I eat because I’m bored, because I’m happy, because there is food in front of me. I find that when I’m busy and there isn’t food around me I can stick to my healthy diet, no problem. If I slow down or if I’m around the table with family and friends I tend to keep eating, long after I’m full.

So, the question is: what to do about it? There are so many things that can be done to derail a craving. Drink a glass of water, take a walk, call a friend, take a bubble bath, play with your kids, anything but go to the kitchen. If you’re sitting around the table and you don’t want to leave, clear the table of food. If it’s not your house, move the plate away from you.

The point is, your body will tell you when it needs food, when it does, eat. When it’s not your body but something totally different, like your emotions, take a walk. I’m trying to incorporate these ideas myself, and if I can’t do it today…tomorrow is another day!

To keep yourself on track, join the Pound For Pound Challenge at www.pfpchallenge.com. For every pound you pledge to lose, The Biggest Loser, Feeding America, General Mills, 24 Hour Fitness, Subway will donate 14 cents to your local food bank (that’s us!).

- By Jennifer Arlan, Development Manager

Bean and Turkey Chili

chili

Poultry for Protein

Turkey breast is a lean protein that supplies amino acids that give structure to the body in skin, cell membranes and muscles.

Prep Time:20 min
Start to Finish:50 min
Makes: 7 servings (1 cup each)

Ingredients
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
2 medium jalapeño chiles, seeded, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cans (14.5 oz each) Muir Glen® organic diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can (15 to 16 oz) pinto beans, drained, rinsed
1 cup water
1 cup Cascadian Farm® frozen organic sweet corn (from 10-oz bag)
2 tablespoons ancho chile pepper powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, if desired

Directions
1. In 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add turkey; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink. Add jalapeño chiles and garlic; cook 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Stir in tomatoes, beans, water, corn, chile pepper powder, cumin and oregano. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer uncovered 25 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until flavors are blended. Sprinkle individual servings with cilantro.

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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22

Mar

ConAgra: Child hunger ends here


child

With nearly 1 in 4 children across the country struggling with hunger, our nation is in crisis. These children don’t have access to adequate nutrition to live healthy, active lives.

Support the Regional Food Bank, Feeding America and our partners at ConAgra Foods during the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign through the end of May.

Rally your neighborhood with a block party, bake sale, garage sale or picnic to raise awareness and dollars to support the Regional Food Bank and Feeding America in the fight against child hunger in your community.

After your event, make your donation online – all donations will stay in the local community.

ConAgra-promotion

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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