This summer, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma employee Lavell White has been delivering delicious food to children at the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA through the Summer Feeding Program. White enlisted in the United States Army and has begun training for boot camp. Yesterday, he said saying goodbye to his dreadlocks and let the Y’s summer day campers give him a haircut to help him begin his new journey.
Lavell, we wish you well in your future with the Army!
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.
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!
10:56 AM on Friday, September 24th, 2010No Comments
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.
9:36 AM on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010No Comments
“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.
2:37 PM on Friday, August 13th, 2010No Comments
Kayne wants this event to be over the top! He is planning a full-on production complete with two runway shows – one featuring his latest designs and another with custom items, which will be auctioned off at the event.
Runway models will include local celebs:
Lauren Nelson and Christina Ecker from News 9
Jaime Cerreta, Angie Mock and Liz Dueweke from FOX 25
Lacey Lett from The Spy
Singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain (who will also perform!!)
Proceeds from the fashion show, silent auction, wine pull and raffle will go toward the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Food for Kids provides chronically hungry elementary school children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat over weekends and holidays. There are 25 schools on the waiting list to join the program.
One in five children in Oklahoma live in poverty in Oklahoma. For this very reason, midwestmedia & marketing felt compelled to join the fight against hunger. The company awarded a grant to the Food Bank to create a video about the Food for Kids program, which provides a backpack full of food to chronically hungry children on the weekend and school holidays.
Christopher Hunt, producer of this short film, was really touched by the video. As he said on his blog:
“I guess the thing thing that really stuck out with me during production of this film — was the true need that exist here in OKC for our kids. It blew me away that a donation of $200 could provide a backpack for a year. That was incredible to me. This is an issue that is just not thought about – unless you are in the middle of the situation. My hope is this film will do its part to raise awareness about the program – and motivate people to do something. I don’t think we have to do to much – to make a huge impact on many young lives. These kids need our support – and I think we live in a community that is more than capable of helping them.”
Thank you to midwestmedia & marketing for this wonderful film.