More than $290,000 Raised to Fight Senior Hunger in Oklahoma

Match Campaign Provides Hope and Food for Seniors Struggling With Hunger

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 26, 2015 – Thanks to the generosity of the Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and the Anderson Charitable Foundation, all tax-deductible donations made between March 1 and April 30 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding programs were matched, up to $130,000.   Donations poured in from generous Oklahomans and more than $290,000 in total was raised, which will provide the equivalent of more than 1,450,000 meals for older Oklahomans in central and western Oklahoma.

“Thank you to all of the donors who made this match a success,” said Charlie Bowen with the Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation.  “Thanks to your support, more than 1,450,000 meals will be provided to seniors struggling with hunger.”

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous match, a dollar donation provided the equivalent of 10 meals to seniors facing hunger. 

“Seniors, who have given so much to make Oklahoma great, will now have enough food to live out their lives in optimum health,” said Cate Sitton from the Anderson Charitable Foundation. “Thank you for making sure older adults have nutritious food.”

Oklahoma continues to rank among the top ten states in the nation for food insecurity among seniors. 

“I only receive $700 each month of social security and $15 of food stamps,” shared one client.  “As an elderly woman, it is very hard to have enough money left over at the end of every month. The cost of my groceries keep going up. I appreciate all the food you give me.”

The Regional Food Bank’s Senior Feeding program fights senior hunger through Senior Mobile Pantries, Senior Home Delivery, and Senior Mobile Markets.

  • Through the Senior Mobile Pantry program, senior residents who receive a sack of nonperishable food items, produce, refrigerated items, meat, and bread. 
  • Through the Senior Home Delivery program, seniors who, receive home delivery sacks, receive a nutritional supplement at the end of the month.  
  • The Senior Mobile Markets serves more than 1,100 seniors a month at 18 locations.  A typical mobile market provides a bag of non-perishable foods, protein, fresh produce and bread.

It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3136.

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 47.8 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans.

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 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 538 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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