Beach Boys Concert Raised $23,988 to Fight Childhood Hunger

Donation Benefit Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 30, 2017 – On Oct. 22, the Beach Boys, along with Surf Rock icon Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean, hosted a concert to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs.  In total, $23,988 was raised to fight childhood hunger in central and western Oklahoma. This donation will support 239 children in one of the Food for Kids Programs.

“It’s an honor to have Oklahomans gather for this important cause,” said John Occhipinti, who organized the concert.  “It was great to see so many people come out to enjoy the Beach Boys’ hits and also help the community. We look forward to working with the Regional Food Bank in the future.”

One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to fresh food. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantry Program.

  • 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, 24,371 students in 500 elementary schools participated in the Backpack Program. 
  • 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 5,770 students in167 middle and high schools.

“Children should never have to wonder where their next meal will come from,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “We want to thank the Beach Boys, the community and show organizer John Occhipinti for us helping fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma.”

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization.  Last year, the nonprofit distributed more than 52 million pounds of food a network of more than 1,300 community-based partner agencies and charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve childhood hunger.  To make a tax-deductible donation, 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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