(OKLAHOMA CITY)– June 2, 2016 – Recently, Congressman Tom Cole visited the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to learn more about the organization, its new production kitchen and how the nonprofit is fighting childhood hunger in central and western Oklahoma.
“Our communities across the state are better because of the leadership displayed by Rodney Bivens during 36 years at the Regional Food Bank,” said Representative Cole. “As he concludes his tenure, it was a pleasure to learn about new facilities that are enhancing lives and serving Oklahoma families. Certainly, one of the most basic human needs is access to food to prevent hunger. Without the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, that need would go unmet for many Oklahomans. But because of individuals like Rodney and his committed staff, we are well on the way to winning the battle against hunger.”
One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day. The Regional Food Bank provides more than 3.2 million meals for chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids programs. As summer vacations begin, many families are faced with finding food to replace the free and reduced-price meals that are provided throughout the school year. Hope’s Kitchen, the Regional Food Bank’s new production kitchen, will allow the nonprofit to produce enough food to serve children at 120 sites this year through its Summer Feeding Program.
Summer Feeding provides complimentary breakfast and/or lunch to children 18 and younger in low income areas. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is supported through a partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture, the Oklahoma Department of Education, and the Sodexo Foundation.
“We are grateful for Congressman Cole’s continued support in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.
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 nearly 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
Together, we can solve hunger. For more information, or to make a donation, call 405-972-1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
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 more than 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.