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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE               

Hunger Doesn't Take a Spring Break

Hungry Students Turn to Food Bank for Help

March 8, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Many children can’t wait for the spring break to begin, but for some spring break can mean going for weeks without a meal.  Many low-income families, who rely on free or reduced price lunches, struggle over school breaks to feed their families.  Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is working to fight childhood hunger while school is out.

From March 11 through 22, any student 18 and under can receive a free lunch and snack weekdays at the following Oklahoma City locations, which are partner agencies of the Regional Food Bank:

  • Britton Christian Church, located at 922 N.W. 91 St.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
  • Northwest Baptist Church, located at 3030 N.W. 23 St.  Lunch is served at 12 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.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1st N.W. 4 St.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Macklanburg Recreation Center, located at 2234 N.W. 117 St.  Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • McKinley Park, located at 1300 N. McKinley Ave.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Melrose Recreation Center, located at 7800 Melrose Ln.  Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Minnis Recreation Center, located at 12520 N.E. 36  St.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 2 p.m.
  • North Side YMCA, located at 10000 N. Pennsylvania.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Northwest Optimist Recreation Center, located at 3301 N.W. Grand Blvd.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 2 p.m.  
  • Pilot Recreation Center, located at 1435 N.W. 2.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 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.
  • Schilling Recreation Center, located at 601 S.E. 25 St.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Sellers Recreation Center, located at 8301 S. Villa.  Lunch is served at 2:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 4:30 p.m.
  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, located at 400 S.W. 6 St.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Urban League, located at 3900 N. MLK Ave.  Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.

“Many children look forward to spring break,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Spending time with friends and family is fun, but  there may not be enough food to go around.  That’s why we are so thankful for this partnership with Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, Urban League of  Greater Oklahoma City, and Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City.”

Last year during spring break the Regional Food Bank served nearly 6,400 meals to 450 children.

The Regional Food Bank is also tackling hunger over spring break by providing elementary school children on the Food for Kids Backpack Program with extra sacks of food and serving children through partner agencies. 

Through the Backpack Program, elementary school students receive healthy, kid-friendly meals over the weekends throughout the school year.  Before receiving help from the program, many of these children had very little or nothing to eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday.  Last school year, more than 13,500 students in 53 central and western counties benefit from this program.

Middle and high schools students that benefit from the School Pantry program will receive extra donations as well.  The School Pantry program provides food pantries in middle and high schools in central and Western Oklahoma.  Last school year, 42 middle and high schools benefited from the School Pantry Program.

Statewide, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger and doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. 

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405.604.7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.  Every $200 donated will feed a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 470 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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