It Takes More Than Food to Fight Hunger

Oklahoma Food Banks and Advocates Addressed Hunger at State CapitoL

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Feb. 24, 2015 – Last week, more than 50 supporters of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma joined forces to fight hunger in the state.  As part of Hunger Action Day, Oklahomans from across the state spoke with their state legislators about the issue of hunger and asked them to work together to solve hunger in Oklahoma.

More than 70 legislative members from across Oklahoma participated in Hunger Action Day.  Participating legislative members from Oklahoma County included: Representative Kevin Calvey from District 82; Representative Marian Cooksey from District 39; Representative Jason Dunnington from District 88; Representative Jon Echols from District 90; representative John Enns from District 41; Representative Elise Hall from District 100; Representative Charlie Joyner from District 95; Representative Randy McDaniel from District 83; Representative Lewis Moore  from District 96; Representative Jason Nelson from District 87; Representative Shane Stone from District 89; Representative Paul Wesselhoft from District 54; Representative George Young from District 99; Senator Kay Floyd from District 46; Senator Jack Fry from District 42; Senator Anastasia Pittman from District 48; Senator Ron Sharp from District 17 and Senator Rob Standridge from District 15.

“One in six Oklahomans faces hunger every day,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “It takes more than food to fight hunger – we need to work with our elected officials to ensure every Oklahoman has access to nutritious food.”

Statewide, the Oklahoma Food Banks are the largest private hunger-relief organizations in the state. The Food Banks are the single most important source of food for Oklahoma’s hunger relief agencies, accounting for 61 percent of the food used by pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Last year, the Oklahoma Food Banks distributed 68.6 million pounds of food, which provided the equivalent of 57.2 million meals for hungry seniors, children and families. The nonprofits partner with 1,650 agencies and schools statewide and each week, the organizations provide enough food to feed more than 160,000 people, including 59,200 children. 

“Hunger is a non-partisan issue,” said Whitney Danker, public policy and advocacy director for the Oklahoma Food Banks.  “As advocates for food security, it is important we raise the awareness of our elected officials because decisions made at the Oklahoma Capitol have the potential to drastically impact the issue of hunger in our state.”

Hunger Action Day was a huge success thanks to the dedicated volunteers who lent their voice to raise awareness about hunger in the state.

“The time spent with legislatures was very valuable” said Ray Haefele, Hunger Action Day participant and board member of the Regional Food Bank.  “We encouraged them to be the voice for hungry Oklahomans, to visit pantries in their districts of responsibility and to support the hunger insecurity by voting for issues that help the cause.  We also shared data with them about hunger in Oklahoma – and their districts.”

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or how you can become an advocate, visit regionalfoodbank.org or contact Whitney Danker at wdanker@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3129

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more nearly 1,200 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 550 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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