Metro Restaurants Cooked Up Kindness for Kids at Chefs’ Feast

More Than $150,000 Raised for Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 27, 2017 – More than $150,000 was raised on March 23 at the 30th annual Chefs’ Feast, which benefited the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.  Thanks to support from area restaurants and the community, 750 chronically hungry students will have access to food over weekends and school holidays.

“We want to thank all of the chefs, guests, sponsors and volunteers for helping us fight childhood hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer.  “We also want to thank Chef Christine Dowd from Aunt Pittypat’s Catering, Chef Don Thiery from Platt College and Chef Robert Johnson from US Foods for coordinating this successful event.”

The following chefs and restaurants were featured at Chefs’ Feast: Aunt Pittypat's Catering, Coordinating Chef Christine Dowd; Back Door Barbecue and Big Truck Tacos, Chef Kathryn Mathis; Boulevard Steakhouse, Chef Michael Paske; Café 501, Chef Joel Wingate; Cafe 7/Venue 7, Chef J. Mays; CocoFlow Chocolate Café, Executive Chocolatiers Kim and Gene Leiterman; The Drake, Chef Mike Clark; FLINT, Chef Jonas Favela; Gages Steakhouse, Chef Rob Ferris; Gaillardia Country Club, Chefs Lee Bennett and Ezekiah Varnell; Gopuram Taste of India, Chef Veeral Mehta; Kam's Kookery and Guilford Gardens, Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock; McNeal’s Catering, Chef Larry McNeal; Museum Cafe, Chef Donelle Hardimon; OSUIT, Chef Arron Ware; Pizzeria Gusto, Chef Kathryn Mathis; Platt College, Coordinating Chef Don Thiery and Chef Pat Morris; Poppin Cheesecakes, Chef Latisha Shannon; RePUBlic Gastropub, Chef Boo Hee Thomas and Team; SONIC Drive-In Culinary Innovations, Chefs Eddie Hartwick and Krysten Adams; The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, Chef Garrett Myers; US Foods, Coordinating Chef Robert Johnson and Liz Howe; Vast, Chef Patrick Williams; and Whole Foods, Chefs Jonathon Tophoj and Val Wiestner.

This year, Chef Larry McNeal from McNeal’s Catering received the most votes from guests and won the 2017 Foodie Favorite Award.

Chefs’ Feast is sponsored by: APMEX.com, Cresap Family Foundation, Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, News 9, QuikPrint, BC Clark Jewelers, 7Up Snapple Bottling Company of Oklahoma, US Foods, Riverwind Casino, Trawick Images, Yelp and Lamar Advertising.

One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day.  A $200 gift will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year.  Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided nearly three million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, and School Pantries. The Food for Kids Backpack Program added 2,000 more chronically hungry elementary school children to the program this school year alone – bringing the total number of children served to nearly 20,000.

  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends.
  • 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.
  • Kids Cafe and Snack Sites, provide food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to at-risk children in central and western Oklahoma.
  • The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school.

In addition to fighting childhood hunger, the Regional Food Bank also provides food to hardworking families and seniors who are trying to 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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