(Woodward, Okla.) – (Nov. 30, 2016) – Recently, Woodward High School joined the fight against hunger in Woodward. The school received its first shipment of food for its new School Pantry, a program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The pantry is located at Woodward High School and provides food to students who otherwise may go without.
"Just because a student leaves elementary school doesn't mean their circumstances or situation has changed or gone away,” said Kim Williams Social Worker for Woodward Public Schools. “Students deserve access to food, and that’s why the School Pantry is so important.”
The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students, who are identified by school personnel, with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. During the 2015-2016 academic year, 5,139 chronically hungry secondary school students attending 152 schools received weekly grocery sacks of food through the program. The majority of school pantry coordinators agree that the program is “very effective” at meeting the needs of chronically hungry middle and high school students; students had improved attention, academic performance and attendance.
In addition to the School Pantry program, the Regional Food Bank also works with elementary schools to fight childhood hunger through the Backpack Program. This program provides a backpack of kid-friendly, shelf-stable and nutritious food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. During the 2015-2016 school year, the Backpack Program served 18,816 chronically hungry elementary school students attending 512 schools in the Regional Food Bank’s 53-county service area. According to a survey of Backpack Program Coordinators, the program has reduced absenteeism, improved grades and behavioral problems among chronically hungry children.
It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger. Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every gift we receive through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar - up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million. To make a donation call 405-600-3136 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.