Marathon Oil Donates $30,000 to Help Fight Childhood Hunger

Donation Benefits Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 3, 2017 – Marathon Oil recently donated $30,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help fight childhood hunger. This donation will support 300 children in one of the nonprofit’s Food for Kids Programs.

“Children should never have to worry about where their next meal is coming from,” said Jeffrey Burro, drilling superintendent with Marathon Oil. “At Marathon Oil, we feel a responsibility to give back to the community and this donation is a step toward fulfilling that responsibility.”

One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to healthy food. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through the Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantry Program.

  • Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Last school year, 24,371 students in 500 elementary schools participated in the Backpack Program. This was 5,555 additional students from the year before, a 30 percent increase.
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. During the last school year, the School Pantry Program served 5,770 students at167 middle and high schools.

“We are so grateful to Marathon Oil for this generous gift,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This donation is key to helping children prosper because learning can’t begin until hunger ends.”

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

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The 501(c)(3) 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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