(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 13, 2017 – To help raise awareness about hunger in Oklahoma, where one in six residents has inconsistent access to food, the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Oklahoma City will turn orange Thursday evening, Sept. 14 from dusk to dawn. During September, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is part of a nationwide network of food banks working to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in our communities as part of Hunger Action Month. Orange is the color of hunger.
“Hunger is closer than you think,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Chances are, someone that you know has struggled with hunger or currently needs assistance with food. It’s my hope that Hunger Action Month encourages everyone to not only learn more about this issue, but also join us in the fight against hunger.”
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where nearly one in four children struggles with hunger every day. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 3 million meals for chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids program that includes the School Pantry program that provides food to middle and high school students.
“We had a student whose mother had cancer and they were living with her father who died unexpectedly,” said a School Pantry coordinator. “There was no income coming into the household but our food pantry was able to feed this young man over the weekends and during school breaks.”
Learning can’t begin until hunger ends. Make this a hunger-free school year for Oklahoma children by donating to the Food for Kids program. Every $200 raised will ensure an Oklahoma student will have enough to eat and thrive for an entire school year. To make a tax-deductible donation visit FoodForKids.us or call 405-972-1111.
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 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 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.