Hunger and Health Issues Prevalent in Oklahoma

Partnership Offers Free Prescription Discount Cards, Fights Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Feb. 2, 2017– According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, 66 percent of clients served in the state have had to choose between spending money on food or medical care. Food insecurity is linked to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, heart issues and other chronic diseases.

The Regional Food Bank and Watertree Health are continuing to address both health and hunger problems in Oklahoma by offering a free Prescription Discount Card that makes prescriptions more affordable.

“Like millions of people in America, many Oklahomans suffer from heart-related health issues which require expensive medications,” said Watertree Health President Shane Power. “My company, Watertree Health, was founded to help more people afford the vital medications they need.  Working with our partner, the Regional Food Bank, has strengthened our joint mission of building healthier communities in Oklahoma.”

As an added benefit, Watertree Health makes a donation to the nonprofit every time a person saves using this special Regional Food Bank Prescription Discount Card.  Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals for hungry Oklahomans. To date, more than 360,000 meals have been provided to clients in central and western Oklahoma through this partnership.

“Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger on a daily basis,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “By offering these prescription discount cards to the community, families and individuals will spend less for prescriptions and they’ll help put food on the table for others at the same time.”

The Prescription Discount Card is accepted at over 60,000 pharmacies including major chains such as Homeland, CVS, Walmart and Walgreens. It can be used by people with a health insurance plan to fill in gaps in prescription coverage, or by individuals who do not have health coverage. By using the free Prescription Discount Card, individuals in Oklahoma can save as much as 75 percent off the full retail price for these drugs.

Cardiac, hypothyroid, stomach acid, asthma and migraine medications are among the many commonly prescribed drugs that can be discounted by using the Prescription Discount Card benefitting the Regional Food Bank. Lipitor® and Coumadin® are two of the medications regularly prescribed to treat high cholesterol and blood clots, respectively.

To obtain a free card, visit www.watertreehealthcard.com/FEEDOK or text FEEDOK to 95577.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private hunger-relief organization. During fiscal year 2016, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed 52 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information or 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 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 587 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.

About Watertree Health
Matt Herfield and Ronnie Harris founded Watertree Health to make health care more accessible to everyone. The Company launched a free Prescription Discount Card to address the growing and urgent need for affordable medicines. To further improve the health of people, Watertree Health has forged strategic alliances with Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and other regional food banks, Make-A-Wish®, and recently the ASPCA®. 

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