Christmas Light Show Raised 198,681 Meals for Hungry Oklahomans

Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry Continues to Shines Light on Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 5, 2018 – Since 2008, the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry in Norman has raised enough food and funds for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide more than 1.8 million meals for hungry Oklahomans. This year alone, thanks to support from the community, $38,649.70 and 6,520 pounds of food were raised, which will provide 198,681 meals for Oklahomans living with hunger this winter.

“The long, cold winter months can be a tough time for many Oklahomans,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “As temperatures get colder utility bills skyrocket, leaving many families wondering how they will be able to provide food for their families. Thanks to the Downs Family, and support from the community, this generous donation will help so many Oklahomans who are struggling to put food on the table.”

The annual Christmas Light Show, which ran from Thanksgiving through January 1st, featured more than 13 miles of lights synchronized to a variety of Christmas songs. For more information about the Downs Family Christmas, visit

Oklahoma consistently ranks among the hungriest states in America. In fact, one in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food. The majority of Oklahomans served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families like Ann’s. While she and her husband both work, Ann says it can be difficult to pay all the bills, buy school clothes and supplies and have enough money left over to buy good, nutritious food for the family.

“You go to the store and you want to buy healthy food but it costs a lot more,” she said. “One of the best gifts as a parent is sitting down with your children and having a meal together. If you’re not able to do that, it’s hard.”

It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger. To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit or call 405-972-1111.

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