Fighting Childhood Hunger and Feeding Hope
More Than $612,000 Raised for Food for Kids
October 3, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanks to the generosity of Trusted Choice — Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, Top of the World, and an anonymous family donor, all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program were matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000 during August and September. There was an overwhelming response from the community and more than $612,000 was raised, including more than $110,000 raised from News 9’s Ride Against Childhood Hunger. This will provide food for chronically hungry children in elementary, middle and high school throughout central and western Oklahoma.
One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day. Research shows that children living in food-insecure households have more difficulty concentrating in school than children in food-secure households. That is why Food for Kids is so important to chronically hungry Oklahoma children.
“We have a student who had been eating paper because she was so hungry,” recently shared a Food for Kids coordinator.
Schools are currently enrolling in the program for the 2012-2013 school year. In total, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 1.4 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, and School Pantries.
- Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.
- The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students, who are identified by school personnel, with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends.
- Kids Cafe, an afterschool and summer program provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities at 19 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
To make a tax-deductible donation, or find out more information about Food for Kids, 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 454 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.