USDA Selects Regional Food Bank for National Award

Summer Feeding Program Cited for Providing Nutritious, Appealing Meals


(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 24, 2018 – For the second year in a row, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding Program has received national recognition for providing nutritious and appealing meals. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service announced last week that the program was one of only 111 in the country and the lone Oklahoma program to receive the Turnip the Beet Award.

“This is a great honor and a real tribute to the efforts of our staff to prepare fresh, healthy and kid-friendly meals for children,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Thank you to the USDA for recognizing our team’s efforts to not only feed children during the summer months, but also provide meals they will enjoy.”

In 2017, the Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program provided 219,000 nutritious meals and snacks to nearly 7,100 children. The meals are prepared in the Regional Food Bank’s Hope’s Kitchen with help from volunteers. Last summer, the Summer Feeding Program was available at 120 sites in central and western Oklahoma for children up to 18 years of age. This program is part of the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs, which provided the equivalent of more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children last year.

Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the country, with one in four children living with hunger. To learn more about ending childhood hunger, visit or call 405-972-1111. The Regional Food Bank is also in need of volunteers to fight childhood hunger by preparing meals in Hope’s Kitchen. For more information visit

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; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at