As a Marketing Intern for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, I was blessed with the opportunity to visit one of our Kids Cafe programs at the Skyline Urban Mission. I genuinely enjoyed the time I spent with the children and staff during my visit.
I learned about the techniques they use in educating children on how to have a healthy lifestyle. Areas of focus in achieving this goal are: identifying healthy food choices, learning the food pyramid and hands-on preparation of meals and snacks. This program also provides additional support for children through mentoring, tutoring and one-on-one relationships. Kids Cafe stimulates character development, social interactions, proper manners and conflict resolution for the children. They use innovative methods to actively involve the children through arts and crafts, outdoor activities and cognitive development. The best part about programs like these is the experiences that the children have, in addition to the relationships developed.
When an evaluation was done on the effectiveness of the Kids Cafe program, it revealed many positive results. Both parents and children were asked how the program benefited them. The results were as follows:
- 91 percent of the children said to have learned more about healthy foods
- 93 percent of the parents witnessed behavioral improvements in their children
- 80 percent of the children had grade improvements
- 98 percent said they met adults or older kids that respected them through the program
Through my own experience at the Skyline Urban Mission, and the results of the children involved, I believe this program is truly remarkable and beneficial for the children. I feel so lucky to have had the chance to experience the Kids Cafe first hand.
10:35 AM on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010No Comments
Check out this video about the Food Bank, which is currently featured on Cox Communications!
5:12 PM on Monday, March 8th, 2010No Comments
Though donations are still being counted, nearly $100,000 was raised at the 23rd Annual Chefs’ Feast, which will support 500 children in the Food 4 Kids program.
Thank you to all of the chefs, sponsors, volunteers and guests who helped make the event possible.
12:53 PM on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010No Comments
I really love acting as a Coordinating Chef for the Chefs’ Feast every year. I’ve been involved with this event so long that even Rodney Bivens (the Regional Food Bank’s Executive Director) looked young back then. (Then again, so did I!) That first year that I was involved, we were expecting about 275 guests. Boy, have times changed. This year, we are expecting more than 800 people to attend!
I encourage you all to come out and taste what the chefs have prepared, while keeping in mind that the money raised will help sustain the Regional Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program throughout the year. The Food 4 Kids backpack program is particularly important to me – it ensures that the chronically hungry kids on the program have something good to eat during the weekends and school holidays. We hope to raise enough money this year to be able support 250 kids through the program. Even though nearly 8,000 children in 263 elementary schools participated in the program last year, there are still thousands of children who need this help.
The theme this year, Food Fight at the OK Corral, will fit right in with chefs and their excellent dishes. How can you go wrong with so many amazing chefs, the incredible restaurants they represent, and this amazing cause? Come out and sample some of the finest food in the region.
Get your ticket and/or table now before it’s too late by contacting Angie Gaines today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-604-7109! We’re hoping for a sell-out event !
It’s the start of a brand new year, which means it’s time to kick any unhealthy habits we’ve developed and get back in shape. And lucky for you, there is a way for you to get healthy while helping Oklahomans in need!
In partnership with Feeding America, the NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” is hosting 2nd Pound for Pound Challenge this year. General Mills will donate 14 cents per pound pledged on the Pound for Pound website.
Our goal is to make Oklahoma the #1 pledging state in the nation! We need your help to pledge to take the Pound for Pound Challenge, and to let your friends and family know!
Check out this video from last season’s the Biggest Loser, which features a family who receives help from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food 4 Kids program.
Together we can change our lifestyles and help those that need it most. Sign up for the Pound for Pound Challenge now!
For inspiration from our Challenge Champions, Danny Cahill (Biggest Loser Season 8 winner), Neill & Amanda Harmer (Biggest Loser Season 5 contestants) and (OKC) Mayor Mick Cornett, visit our Pound for Pound page!
The Food 4 Kids program is among the finalist for the Power a Bright Future/Grants for Kids Programs by Clorox® Clean-Up®.
Vote daily for our Food 4 Kids program. The five non-profits that receive the highest number of votes will win a $10,000 Power A Bright Future grant, courtesy of Clorox® Clean-Up® and a feature in People Magazine! Plus, as a thank you for voting, you’ll receive a $.75 cent Clorox® Clean-Up® coupon the first time you vote.
Vote daily through January 17th and encourage your friends to vote to help your favorite programs make it to the top!
Vote now on Facebook!: http://apps.facebook.com/brightfuture/causes/1934
Because of your generosity, in Fiscal Year 2009, the Regional Food Bank:
- Distributed more than 28.5 million pounds of food to those in need – a 15% increase over the previous year.
- Served nearly 8,000 chronically hungry elementary school children in 263 schools in 38 counties through our Food 4 Kids backpack program.
- Expanded the Summer Feeding program to 45 sites, including rural Oklahoma.
- Provided a safe haven and an afternoon snack or meal for more than 850 children through our Kids Cafe sites.
- Increased the Senior Feeding program to 30 sites.
- Delivered food throughout the Regional Food Bank’s service area via the Regional Delivery System, making approximately 1,000 deliveries per month to nearly 350 delivery sites in urban and rural Oklahoma at no cost to our partner agencies.
- Initiated the Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market Product Recovery Program in late January, with 53 authorized Walmart locations – resulting in more than two million pounds of food collected and distributed.
- Completed fundraising and construction of our Building Expansion – Volunteer Center, adding 36,600 square feet of additional freezer, dry storage and volunteer work space.
- Welcomed thousands of volunteers who contributed over 47,000 hours of service – saving the Regional Food Bank more than $900,000 in labor costs.
- Provided enough food to feed more than 63,600 hungry Oklahomans each week.
- Kept our administrative and fundraising costs below 5%.
The totals are in, and the Lawton Rock-a-Thon earlier this month raised over $12,000 for Food 4 Kids in Lawton!
The Rock-A-Thon is organized by Jonathan Crider, a Central High School Junior, who has raised more than $50,000 for the Food 4 Kids backpack program in Lawton over the last several years. In 2007, more than 100 people participated, raising more than $15,000.
Crider first became involved with Food 4 Kids when he was 11 years old after hearing a radio Public Service Announcement about the backpack program. He has done everything from mowing lawns, working at construction sites and holding penny drives to help raise money for children in need. Crider was awarded the Outstanding Youth Philanthropist by the local Association of Fundraising Professionals and was recognized for his outstanding efforts to fight childhood hunger by the international organization, OneXOne, at a star-studded event in San Francisco in 2008. (Just look at these photos! Yes, that’s David Arquette!)
He has two additional fundraising events coming soon, too! What an amazing young man!