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Fall Break Program Fights Hunger

Lunches Available Over Fall Break

 October 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – While many Oklahoma City Public School students are planning fun activities for fall break next week, others are forced to think about what they will do for food while school is out.  In OKCPS,  90 percent of students participate in the free and reduced price meal program while school is in session. Thanks to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and support from the community, any student 18 and under can receive lunch and a snack from 14 sites around the metro during the break.

“One in four children in Oklahoma will struggle with hunger today,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “So many things that people living in poverty have to think about are things that others take for granted.  Like having something to eat during fall break. A child should never have to worry about whether they will have anything to eat.”

Through this program, students can receive a sack lunch and a snack from October 15 through 26 at the following locations and times:

  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, located at 400 SW 6th Street.  Lunch is served at noon and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Sellers Recreation Center, located at 8301 S. Villa.  Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 4:30 p.m.
  • Pitts Recreation Center, located at 1920 N. Kate.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Pilot Recreation Center, located at 1435 NW 2nd.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Melrose Recreation Center, located at 7800 Melrose Lane.  Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Schilling Recreation Center, located at 601 SE 25th Street.  Lunch is served at noon and snacks are served at 2 p.m.
  • Macklanburg Recreation Center, located at 2234 NW 117th Street.  Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Minnis Recreation Center, located at 12520 NE 36th Street.  Lunch is served at noon and snacks are served at 2 p.m.
  • Douglass Recreation Center, located at 900 Carverdale.  Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • McKinley Park            , located at 1300 N. McKinley Avenue.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Urban League, located at 3900 N. MLK Avenue.  Lunch is served at noon and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1st NW 4th Street.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • North Side YMCA, located at 10000 N. Pennsylvania.  Lunch is served at noon and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Britton Christian Church located at 922 NW 91st Street.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.

Students who are already enrolled in the Food for Kids Backpack Program will receive an extra sack of food on October 12.  Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food every Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.

To make a tax-deductible donation, or find out more information about the Regional Food Bank, call 405.972.1111 or visit 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 455 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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