Without Food, Hot Summer Days Turn Into Long, Hungry Nights

Donations Urgently Need to Fight Hunger in Central and Western Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) — May 18, 2017 – This summer, the need for food in central and western Oklahoma is extremely urgent. Over the last four years, the number of clients served each week by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has increased by 40 percent.  Join the nonprofit in making it a hunger-free summer for seniors, families and children.

“We need your support to help us provide food for Oklahoma families struggling with hunger this summer, and help us prepare to meet the increased demands for our Food for Kids programs in the fall,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “With your support, we’ll be able to replace hunger with hope.”

This school year, the Regional Food Bank has also seen an increase in the number of children in need of food assistance.  An additional 3,000 chronically hungry elementary school children joined the Food for Kids Backpack Program, which provides food to students over weekends and holidays.  As the school year comes to a close, thousands of families, like those on the Backpack Program, will have to find resources to replace school meals and weekend backpack meals.

“Children need to know that they can count on us to provide them with nourishment over the long summer break so they’re ready to start the school year strong in the fall,” said Fitzgerald.  “The working poor need to know that they can keep a roof over their head without worrying about not having money left over to put food on the table.  Together, we can make this a hunger-free summer for all Oklahomans.”

Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will provide the equivalent of five meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger.  Donate online at regionalfoodbank.org/summer 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 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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