Crest Foods Took A Swing At Hunger Through Annual Golf Tournament

Donated $80,000 to Regional Food Bank to Fight Childhood Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY)  - Oct. 18, 2017 – Crest Foods once again took a swing at childhood hunger in Oklahoma by raising $80,000 at the 29th Anniversary Crest Foods Golf Tournament for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs. A semi-truck full of Tyson Chicken Breast, nearly 35,000 pounds, was also donated through the tournament.

“No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from,” said Bruce Harroz, president of Crest Foods.

With the support from companies like Crest Foods, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed 136,000 Oklahomans each week, 37 percent of whom are children. A $100 donation will provide healthy, nutritious food for one child for an entire year through the Food for Kids Programs.

“Learning can’t begin until hunger ends,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “This generous donation from the Crest Foods golf tournament ensures that 800 children will have food over the weekends, school and holiday breaks and during the summer. Together, we’re feeding the future of Oklahoma.”

Since 2007, the Crest Foods annual golf tournament has raised a total of $529,795 and 1,094,572 pounds of food to fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma.

One in four children in Oklahoma lives with hunger every day. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through the Food for Kids Programs: Backpack Program, Kids Café, Summer Feeding and School Pantry Program. 

  • Through the Backpack Program, elementary school students receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Every $100 raised will support a child in the Backpack Program for an entire year. During the most recent school year, 24,371 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program. That’s 5,555 more chronically hungry elementary school children added to the program from the year before.
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over weekends. Last school year, the School Pantry Program served 5,770 students at 167 schools. 
  • The Kids Café, an afterschool program, provides food, mentoring, tutoring and a variety of other activities to an average of 3,000 children each month at 34 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
  • The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under throughout the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school. This past summer, more than 120 sites in central and western Oklahoma provided meals to 7,093 children who live with hunger.

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

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The 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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