$20,000 Grant Launches Senior Feeding Pilot Program

Elderly iFund Grant Awarded by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 1, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation’s Services for the Elderly iFund grant program. The grant will be used in a meal program being piloted through the Regional Food Bank’s Senior Feeding Programs. 

“Oklahoma remains one of the top 10 states in the nation for food insecurity for seniors,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We are grateful for this grant, which will help us provide more food for seniors struggling with hunger.  Research shows that older adults who do not have consistent access to food are less likely to remain healthy and able to live independently. With this funding, we hope to close the food gap for seniors.”

The grant will help fund a new meal program that will distribute food to at-risk seniors who receive a daily meal at a congregate meal site, like a senior center, but do not have consistent access to food outside of the meals they receive at the site. These seniors live independently and do not receive assistance through the Senior Mobile Pantry Program, which is available at senior living centers, and may not have transportation to travel to a food pantry. This new program will provide seniors with nutritious meals prepared by the Regional Food Bank’s Hope’s Kitchen, which can be taken home.

One in 10 seniors struggles with hunger in Oklahoma. Every day, older Oklahomans are faced with not having enough money to pay rent, utilities, medical bills and prescriptions. At times, support from family and friends is just not enough, and they are unable to stretch their dollar far enough to purchase enough food to sustain their health. The Regional Food Bank’s Senior Feeding Programs, which includes the Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Senior Mobile Pantries, feed food insecure seniors in the nonprofit’s 53-county service area.  Yet, it is not enough. That’s why the iFund grant is so important.

The Services for the Elderly iFund grant program represent a compilation of contributions from donors who want to support grants to help keep senior citizens safe and living independently in their own homes. For more information on the iFund grant program, please visit www.ifundokc.org.

Together, we can solve hunger in Oklahoma.  For more information, please visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 50l(c)(3) public charity that works with donors to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future. For more information about the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, visit www.occf.org.

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 more than 613 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.