Backpacks with a Purpose Unzips Hunger in Oklahoma

Donates Backpacks to Regional Food Bank's Backpack Program

 (OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 21, 2016 – Thanks to Backpacks with a Purpose (B-WAP), for every backpack that is purchased, two backpacks are donated to nonprofits, including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.

“We are very thankful for this partnership, which will allow us to further grow our Backpack Program to feed chronically hungry elementary school children in our state,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.

To purchase a backpack, and help fight childhood hunger, visit B-Wap.com.

One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food.  Because there is a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development, even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature can negatively impact a child's health, behavior and the ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Backpack Program served nearly 18,500 elementary school students attending 514 schools across 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.  This provided more than 2 million meals for chronically hungry children. 

According to a survey of Backpack Program coordinators, the program has reduced absenteeism and behavioral problems, as well as improved grades among chronically hungry children.

“A student in first grade says her tummy doesn't hurt anymore since she got her backpack,” shared a Backpack Program coordinator.

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 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136. 

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 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 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.

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