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Governor's Cup Takes a Swing at Childhood Hunger on May 21

Tournament Benefits Food for Kids Program

April 25, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans are invited to register for the 11th Annual Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament on Monday,  May 21.  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.  The tournament fills up quickly, and there is an April 30 deadline for registering to receive this year’s golf shirt.

The tournament, which is hosted by is hosted by the Oklahoma Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (OGCPFS),  will field 36 four-person teams playing a scramble format.  There are separate women's and men's divisions.

All participants will be treated to lunch, tee gifts, door prizes, golf shirt, hole-in-one contest, pin competitions and closing awards reception and dinner. Prizes will be presented to winning teams.  For more information visit okfitness.ok.gov or call 405.752.8808.

In Oklahoma, one in four children struggles with hunger every day.  Proceeds from the event will help fight childhood hunger through the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which serve more than 13,000 children each week.  Food for Kids fights childhood hunger through the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, School Pantries and Summer Feeding:

  • Kids Cafe, an afterschool and summer program, provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to nearly 800at-risk children at 19 sites in central and western Oklahoma. 
  • The School Pantry program provides food pantries in middle and high schools in central and western Oklahoma to nearly 1,000 students in more than 40 schools.
  • The Backpack Program started in 2003 when an elementary school student passed out while waiting in the school lunch line on a Monday morning - all he had eaten over the weekend was a hot dog without a bun.  In nine years, the program has grown to assist more and more chronically hungry children. Currently, the program serves more than 12,200 chronically hungry children in nearly 500 schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.  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. 

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972.1111.

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 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 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 434 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

(OGCPFS is a non-funded state agency. The Council serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and state leaders on issues related to physical activity, providing vision and leadership to agencies and policy makers. The Council does not receive any state or national funds.  It depends solely on contributions and fund raising activities. Your continued support helps make our programs and services possible. Business is conducted through the Oklahoma Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation.

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