(OKLAHOMA CITY) – (April 21, 2017) – For thousands of children, the end of school means months of wondering whether or not they will have enough food to eat. Thanks to support from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Education, and the Sodexo Foundation, children 18 and under can receive nutritious meals and/or snacks through the Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding program. To make this program a success, the Regional Food Bank is asking the community to donate their time to help prepare the meals children so desperately need over the summer.
“The Summer Feeding Program depends on a strong base of volunteers to help assemble the meals in our Hope’s Kitchen,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Children should be carefree during summer months, not worrying about whether or not they’ll have something to eat. Summer Feeding volunteers are critical to making sure children will receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school meals are not available.”
The Regional Food Bank needs volunteers to pack fresh meals for children in its kitchen from June 1 through July 27. Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and both individuals and groups are welcome. The nonprofit needs at least 24 volunteers per shift each day to ensure that the meals will be available for children over the summer.
"One of the greatest things about partnering with the Regional Food Bank is that our kids are getting a solid meal every single day,” said A. Jaye Johnson, community relations and facilities director at Memorial Park Boys and Girls Club, one of the Regional Food Bank’s Kids Summer Feeding sites.
Help fight childhood hunger by signing up to volunteer at regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3160.
Volunteers are also needed to sort donations, bag and box food products and more. Thanks to the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fact, every day volunteers pack enough food to fill a semi-truck.
Another way to fight hunger in the state is buy making a donation. This spring, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors struggling with hunger. Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding Programs – up to $125,000. To make a donation visit feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136.
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 587 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.