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Regional Food Bank Relies on Partner Support to Feed Families and Students

Working with Agencies, Churches Across Oklahoma During Walkout

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 11, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma works with organizations across central and western Oklahoma to fight hunger and feed hope. Before the teacher walkout began, the Regional Food Bank turned to its strong partner network to help meet the anticipated increase in need for food assistance.

“The Regional Food Bank is committed to providing nutritious meals to students and families during the walkout and beyond,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “With the help of our partners, we provide enough food to feed 136,000 Oklahomans every week – and that number increase each day as the walkout continues.”

Urban Mission Food & Resource Center is just one of many partners providing clients with food assistance while schools are closed.

“A family of four came in and mentioned the additional strain that having all three kids home from school was putting on them,” said Peggy Garret, executive director of Urban Mission. “They actually didn't live far from the pantry, but did not know that this service existed. The mother was especially surprised and happy to know that we offered a lot of low sodium options.”

As the walkout continues, the Regional Food Bank is also teaming up with local organizations and churches, like Bethlehem Star Baptist Church, to distribute food boxes during the walkout. Each food box provides 20 meals.

“This week, we are providing family boxes full of food at Bethlehem Star Baptist Church,” said Fitzgerald. “On Monday, residents lined up an hour before the distribution started, which speaks to how important

In the Oklahoma City metro area, families with school-age children (verification required*) and impacted school personnel can also receive boxes full of food at the locations and times below:

  • Duncan
    • Duncan Chamber of Commerce, 911 W Walnut Ave. in Duncan. For more information, call 580-255-3644. Boxes distributed during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) through Friday.
  • Guthrie
    • Generations Church, located at 2524 W. Noble Ave. For more information, call 405-697-9314. Distribution times:
      • Wednesday, April 11 from 2 to 7 p.m.
      • Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Lexington
    • Lexington United Methodist Church located at 631 E Ash St. in Lexington. Distribution made as calls come in. For more information, call 405-527-3506.
  • Oklahoma City
    • Prospect Baptist Church, located at 2809 N. Missouri Ave. For more information, call 405-424-1795. Distribution times:  Daily through Friday, April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Bethlehem Star Baptist Church, located at 2704 N.E. 24th St. For more information, call 405-424-2410. Distribution times:  Daily through Friday, April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.
    • Urban League of Greater OKC, located at 3900 N. Martin Luther King Ave. For more information, call 405-424-5243. Distribution times:  Daily through Friday, April 13 from 4 - 6 p.m.
    • St. John Missionary Baptist Church, located at 5700 N. Kelly Ave. For more information, call 405-478-3344. Distribution times:  Thursday, April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Spencer
    • Hillwood Baptist Church located at 7901 John St. in Spencer. For more information, call 405-771-4411. Distribution time:  Saturday, April 14 from noon to 3 p.m.

Families with school-age children and impacted school personnel in need of food assistance can visit regionalfoodbank.org/gethelp or call 405-972-1111 to find a pantry in their community.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank’s efforts during the walkout, and how to help, visit regionalfoodbank.org/supportstudents.

* For verification of a school-age child, bring a child to the partner agency, or provide one of the following items: birth certificate or adoption record; class list with the child’s name; a copy of school records; current progress report; current report card; dated school photo; electronic record; identification card; immunization records; shot record; or student ID.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. 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 Oklahomans living with hunger. 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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