Barnes & Noble Turns the Page on Hunger this Holiday Season

Drive to Provide Books for Children in the Backpack Program

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 6, 2017 – Barnes & Noble, located at 13800 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City, is turning the page on hunger this holiday season. Through Dec. 25, the store is collecting book donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.

“If children don’t have access to food, they do not have access to books at home,” said Michelle Mauk community business development manager at Barnes & Noble.  “We want to ensure that every child has the opportunity to enjoy reading.”

Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the Backpack Program. The 2016 book drive collected more than 2,800 books.

“We love this partnership with Barnes & Noble,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This is a wonderful gesture to help brighten the lives of children by giving them their very own books and encouraging them to read.”

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 24,000 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program.  Books donated through the Barnes & Noble book drive will be included in the backpacks for students at several Oklahoma City metro elementary schools.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children lives with hunger every day. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. To make a donation, please visit regionalfoodbank.org/donate or call 405-972-1111.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 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 613 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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