Students CAN Fight Hunger this Fall in Oklahoma

Schools Invited to Participate in Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive

 

(Oklahoma City) – Aug. 30, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro area schools and students to join in the fight against hunger by participating in the 13th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, Sept. 25 through Nov. 10. 

Every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of five meals to feed hungry Oklahomans. Students are encouraged to raise funds and non-perishable food donations to help the Regional Food Bank reach its goal of providing at least 450,000 meals for hungry families, children and seniors.

“Students Against Hunger is a great opportunity for students to become aware of hunger in their own communities and to help make a difference,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “What’s nice about the drive is it occurs right before the holidays so pantries will have the food they need for families.”

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

As part of the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, the Regional Food Bank encourages schools to use the Hunger 101 curriculum to educate students on local hunger issues and empower them to get involved in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. The curriculum includes: pass skill/core standard aligned activities, supplemental worksheets that reinforce principles from the activities and a variety of teacher resources.

To sign up to participate in Students Against Hunger visit regionalfoodbank.org/SAH, call Natalie Wood at 405-600-3174 or email nwood@regionalfoodbank.org.

The Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association - Young Lawyers Division, APMEX.com, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

In 2016, the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive raised more than 203,690 pounds of food and $66,534, which provided more than 502,410 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger in 53 central and western counties. Statewide, more than 170 schools participated.

Another way to support the Regional Food Bank is to give to the Food for Kids match.  Every donation to Food for Kids between now and 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.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and is 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 1,300 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.

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