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Hunger 101 Teaches Students About Hunger in Oklahoma

Program Educates and Empowers Future Leaders

January 14, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hunger 101 is a curriculum that educates students about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma and empowers them to take part in fighting hunger in Oklahoma.  So far, 35 schools in Oklahoma City have participated in the program and already see the impact it has had on students.

“As we were working on the food availability activity, I was explaining that the students needed to understand these things because in just a few years they would have jobs and be able to make a difference,” said Carolyn Becker, a teacher who participated in the program.  “A few of my students felt they needed to do something to help, so a few have been bringing donations for the Food Bank.  I agreed to match their donations up to a certain amount.”

Hunger 101 is available for grades three through 12. This curriculum includes: pass skill/core standard aligned activities; supplemental worksheets that reinforce principles from the activities; a variety of teacher resources; and is an excellent companion to a food and fund drive or service learning.  Students are also encouraged to tour the Regional Food Bank and take part in a volunteering activity.

For more information about this program, or to schedule a guest speaker or a field trip, contact Denice Hurlbut at 405.600.3160 or dhurlbut@regionalfoodbank.org.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In fiscal year 2012, the nonprofit distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.

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 465 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  


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