(Enid, Okla.) – July 7, 2017 – Every day, 15 percent of Garfield County residents struggle with hunger. In fact, one in four children may go to bed hungry. To help raise awareness about these issues, the Enid City Council issued a proclamation yesterday declaring July 6 as “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope” Day in Enid.
The proclamation was made in part to recognize the efforts of Enid-based nonprofit agencies, including Loaves & Fishes of NW Oklahoma. Loaves & Fishes is a Food and Resource Center and an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Its mission is “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope through healthy food choices.” And each month, the nonprofit provides food to an average of 800 families in Enid and the surrounding communities.
“We really appreciate the Enid City Council helping to shine a light on the fact that some of our neighbors and co-workers don’t always have the ability to provide food for their families,” says Carrie Sanders, executive director, Loaves & Fishes of NW Oklahoma. “Every day, we meet individuals who must choose between paying the light bill and buying food. The more the public knows and understands the immediate needs of its fellow residents, hopefully the more they can help.”
Enid Mayor Bill Shewey agrees.
“Drawing attention to the issue of hunger in Enid and the surrounding area is extremely important, Shewey said. “There is a lot of hunger in Enid and the surrounding area. The more we can do to draw attention to the issue the more we can help people.”
Loaves & Fishes is located at 701 E. Maine in Enid. The nonprofit is in need of donations and volunteers. Donate online at www.loavesandfishesnwok.org or mail checks to: Loaves & Fishes NE Oklahoma, 701 E. Maine, Enid, Okla., 73701. For more information on volunteering, visit the nonprofit’s website to fill out the online application or call 580-540-9830.
The Regional Food Bank works with seven partner agencies to fight hunger in Garfield County. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed enough food to provide more than 1 million meals for Garfield County residents who face hunger. In addition to working with these agencies, the Regional Food Bank also fights childhood hunger with 16 elementary schools through its Backpack Program; serves students at five Enid middle and high schools through the School Pantry program; and is providing free meals to children this summer through the Summer Feeding program. For a list of Summer Feeding sites text the word FOOD to 877877, visit www.summerfeeding.org or call 405-972-1111.
It is never too late to join the fight to end hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.
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 126,000 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 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.