(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 22, 2018 – Bimbo Bakeries USA awarded a $15,000 grant to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Backpack Program.
Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Last school year, 24,371 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program – an increase of 30 percent from the prior year.
“No child should grow up hungry, yet one in four Oklahoma children has inconsistent access to healthy food,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This donation from Bimbo Bakeries gave Oklahoma students the fuel they needed to thrive in the classroom. After all, a child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today.”
Together, we can end childhood hunger in Oklahoma. Volunteers are needed to pack Food for Kids meals. For more information on volunteering, or to make a donation to fight childhood hunger, visit regionalfoodbank.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 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.