(Oklahoma City) – Aug. 1, 2018 – Hunger must end before learning can begin. The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Lezlie and David Hudiburg, David Gorham and an anonymous donor have issued a $150,000 matching gift challenge to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in fighting childhood hunger. Every donation made to the Food for Kids Programs between now and Sept. 30 will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $150,000.
“The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma is thrilled to again be part of the Food For Kids Match campaign,” said the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma’s Executive Director John Logan. “Our Oklahoma lodges have been long-time supporters of local food banks. The Regional Food Bank maximizes the impact we all can make to eliminate hunger in our local Oklahoma communities. Support of the Regional Food Bank is absolutely vital for the health of Oklahoma.”
Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided millions of meals to chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids Programs, which includes the Backpack and School Pantry Programs. Both programs provide food for hungry children over weekends and school holidays when school is not in session.
“Kids across central and western Oklahoma are heading back to school, and they still need our help,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This special match opportunity will help the Regional Food Bank stock the shelves of school pantries at middle and high schools and distribute backpacks filled with food for hungry elementary school children. You can double the impact of your gift by making a donation today to help chronically hungry Oklahoma children grow and thrive.”
Working together, we can end childhood hunger in Oklahoma. Normally, a $100 gift will support a child in a Food for Kids Program for an entire school year; however, during the Food for Kids Match, gifts double to provide food for two children for an entire school year. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Food for Kids Match, or for more information about the programs, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. 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 close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit regionalfoodbank.org, find us on Facebook at.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/rfbo.