(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 30, 2017 – Today, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced that it was awarded a $15,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life. This donation will help fight childhood hunger by ensuring that 75 chronically hungry elementary school children will receive food through the Food for Kids Backpack Program.
“We are grateful for New York Life’s investment in future of Oklahoma by providing hope, in the form of food, to children struggling with hunger in this state,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “One in four children in Oklahoma faces hunger every day. No child should have to wonder where their next meal is coming from.”
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. During the 2016-17 school year, more than 21,000 chronically hungry elementary school students at 500 schools benefited from this program. That’s an additional 3,000 chronically hungry elementary school children that joined the program this year alone.
“I’m proud to work for a company that encourages its agents and employees to devote their time, energy and talents to support the needs and priorities of their local community,” said Sherry K. Barton, New York Life agent. “We are pleased that our partnership will have a long-lasting impact on the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and helping fight childhood hunger across the state.”
Together, we can make this a hunger free summer for children, families and seniors. Donate online at regionalfoodbank.org/summer or call 405-600-3136.
The Community Impact Grant program awards grants of up to $25,000 to local nonprofit organizations which are championed by New York Life agents and employees to serve the needs of their local communities. Since the program’s inception in 2008, 452 grants totaling nearly $6 million have been awarded to nonprofits across the country.
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 653 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.