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Childhood Hunger Meets Its Match

$100,000 Donation Match Helps Feed Hungry Children

August 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Hunger must end before learning can begin.  Thanks to the generosity of The Boeing Company, Kia Motors America, Top of the World, and a generous local family donor, all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000, through September 30.

 One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day.  A $200 gift will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year.  Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided millions of meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, and School Pantries. 

 “If you don’t eat then you will not have anything in your body, so you can’t concentrate,” said Paige, who benefits from Food for Kids.  “I feel down and very hungry and not very energetic.”

 Thanks to the Summer Feeding program, Paige was able to get lunch and snacks over the summer. “I feel better! My stomach doesn’t hurt anymore; I feel like my stomach got to eat.”

The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school.  This summer, nearly 60 sites participated in the program, feeding more than 4,000 children.

 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.  Last school year, more than 15,000 students in 477 schools participated in the Backpack Program.  All of the Oklahoma City Schools are participating in the Backpack Program.

 "You just don't know what this means to us,” shared three sisters on the Backpack Program.  “We don't have any food at home."

The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving nearly 3,000 students in 91 middle and high schools.

“With parents struggling to make ends meet, our students are relieved to be able to come to our school and get what they need from our pantry,” shared one School Pantry coordinator.

Kids Cafe and Snack Sites, an afterschool and summer program provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to more than 1,500 at-risk children at 35 sites in central and western Oklahoma.

“This special match opportunity will help the Regional Food Bank stock the shelves of middle and high school food pantries and distribute backpacks filled with food for chronically hungry children,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Help fight childhood hunger in your community by making a gift to this much needed program.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to Food for Kids, or for more information about the program, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call Laura Glover at 405.604.7111.  Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed nearly 48 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 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. 

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 480 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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