September is Hunger Action Month

Oklahomans Encouraged to Take Action and Fight Hunger

(Oklahoma City)  – Sept. 1, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites the public to join the fight against hunger in the state by participating in Hunger Action Month from Sept. 1-30. 

“The goal of this month-long campaign is to bring awareness to the issue of hunger in communities and encouraging Oklahomans to take action,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “Whether it’s volunteering with friends, making a donation or sharing information on social media, we can all make an impact and help our neighbors who are struggling with hunger.”

Working together, we can solve hunger in Oklahoma. Below are events and activities in support of Hunger Action Month:

  • Donate to fight childhood hunger in the state. Every donation to Food for Kids through Sept. 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Benvenuti’s Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-972-1111.
  • Take part in Kendra Scott’s Giveback Day. Join the Regional Food Bank on Friday, Sept. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kendra Scott on Classen Curve. Twenty percent of purchases from that night will be donated to the Regional Food Bank.
  • Dine out to help out.  Several metro restaurants are joining the fight against hunger in September:
  • On Sept. 12, 10 percent of proceeds from the grand opening day of Teriyaki Madness, located at 15124 Llyetons Ct., Ste. 104 in Oklahoma City, benefit the Regional Food Bank.
  • On Sept. 15, enjoy lunch and/or dinner at three Panda Express metro locations and 15 percent of sales from the day benefit the Regional Food Bank.  Participating locations are located at 500 S. MacArthur Blvd in Oklahoma City; Highway 77 and Bryant Ave. in Edmond, Okla.; and 1521 Garth Brooks Blvd. in Yukon, Okla.
  • Visit News 9 at the State Fair from Sept. 14 through 24.  Join News 9 in fighting childhood hunger as they raise donations for the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids program.
  • Participate in Hunger Awareness Day. Wear orange, the color of hunger, to support Hunger Awareness Day on Thursday, Sept. 14. The SkyDance Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Oklahoma City will turn orange in support of Hunger Awareness Day.
  • Sign up for the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive. It’s not too late for schools to participate in the 13th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive. The drive runs from Sept. 25 through Nov. 10. For more information, or to sign up, contact Natalie Wood at nwood@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3174.
  • Purchase a limited edition Rustic Cuff bracelet. For every bracelet sold, 32 meals will be donated to the Regional Food Bank. Visit helpendhungerblog.wordpress.com to place an order.
  • Shop through Amazon Smile. When you do your shopping at Amazon Smile, and select the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma as your charity of choice, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the Regional Food Bank. For more information visit smile.amazon.com.
  • Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank. It’s a fun team-building experience for corporate groups; a bonding experience for families; and a great way for church groups to come together and give back to the community. Volunteer times are available Monday through Saturday. To sign up visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.
  • Join the conversation on Twitter. Help raise awareness about the one in six Oklahomans who has inconsistent access to food by using #HungerActionMonth and tag @rfbo.

For more information about Hunger Action Month, including an interactive calendar, visit regionalfoodbank.org/events.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hard working families who cannot make ends meet. Clients like Ann, a married mother of five, who shops for food at the Community Market of Pottawatomie County, an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank.

“My husband works full-time and I work part-time but it’s never enough,” she said. ”You strive to provide everything for your family but it’s a really big struggle with school supplies, school clothes, the rent. My passion is to always provide a meal for my family that's healthy, well put together and this place allows you to bring all those things together.”

Together, we can solve hunger. To make a donation, or for more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111. 

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed more than 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools 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 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 1,200 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 644 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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