Hunger Doesn't Take a Break

Chronically Hungry Students Turn to Regional Food Bank for Help

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – (March 6 , 2017) –   For most students, spring break means a hiatus from homework and classes, but for thousands of Oklahoma City Public School students who rely on free or reduced price meals, it can also mean going without food. Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is continuing to fight childhood hunger while school is out.

“While most children look forward to relaxing over spring break, parents of thousands of Oklahoma students worry about how to feed their children. This puts additional stress on families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “In Oklahoma City, many families depend on free or reduced price school meals to provide their children with basic nutrition.”

From March 6 through 17, any student 18 and under can receive a free lunch and snack weekdays at the following locations, which are partner agencies of the Regional Food Bank:

  • Douglass, located at 900 N. Frederick Douglass in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1 N.W. 4th St. in Oklahoma City.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Macklanburg, located at 2234 N.W. 117th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 5 p.m.
  • Melrose, located at 7800 Melrose Ln. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m. This site is only open March 13 through March 17.
  • Minnis, located at 12520 N.E. 36th Street in Spencer. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Neighborhoods in Action, located at 1124 N. Douglas in Midwest City. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served 4 p.m.
  • Pilot, located at 1435 N.W. Kate Ave. in Oklahoma City.  Dinner is served at 4 p.m. and snacks are served at 1 p.m.
  • Pitts, located at 1920 N. Kate Avenue. Dinner is served at 3 p.m. and snacks are served at 1 p.m.
  • Schilling, located at 539 S.E. 25th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Sellers, located at 8301 S. Villa Ave. in Oklahoma City.  Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 5 p.m. This site is only open March 13 through March 17.
  • Southern Oaks, located at 400 S.W. 66th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • St. Jude Missionary Baptist, located at 1001 N.W. 92nd in Oklahoma City.  Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.

The Regional Food Bank is able to help provide nutritious food for school break through partnerships with Neighborhoods in Action, Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation, Oklahoma City Public schools, St. Jude Missionary Baptist Church and the YMCA.The Regional Food Bank is also alleviating hunger over spring break through the Food for Kids Backpack Program by providing chronically hungry elementary school students with extra sacks of food. 

For more information visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/get-help or call 405-972-1111.

The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

This spring, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors struggling with hunger.  Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding Programs – up to $125,000.  To make a donation visit feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. 

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

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.

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