Veterans with Inconsistent Access to Food Benefit from Cooking Demonstration

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 18, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is working to improve the health of the community, especially seniors and veterans, by providing healthier items and nutrition education classes.  As a part of this effort, the nonprofit partnered with US Foods for a cooking demonstration and nutrition workshop designed for local veteran groups. Elizabeth Howe, division chef from US Foods, hosted a cooking class for veterans at the Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus, a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.

Chef Howe taught local veteran groups how to prepare and cook Italian Tuna Salad and Salmon Cakes.  These are healthy dishes made from low-cost items that are carried at grocery stores and Regional Food Bank partner agencies.

“The veterans felt like they were on a cooking show on TV said they would definitely try those recipes,” said Angela Harris, liaison for the veterans at Northeast Regional Health and Wellness Campus.  “It was a lot of fun for everyone and they were already asking when they could do this again.”  

With more than 300,000 veterans in Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma are concerned that tens of thousands of our state’s former service members may be struggling with hunger.   According to a study published in 2015 more than one in four Iraq and Afghanistan veterans nationwide reported being food insecure in the past year. In fact, more than 20 percent of households served by the Feeding America network of food banks, which includes the Regional Food Bank, reported having at least one member who has served in the U.S. military.

“In addition to cooking demonstrations, we have established partnerships with the VA and other agencies who serve veterans who are homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless, and we are working to serve food-insecure military members and veterans across the state,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer or the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “It’s time for us to serve our veterans who have served our country.”

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank call 405-972-1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

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 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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