Planting the Seed for Healthy Diets

Cox Communications Donates $5,000 to Support Summer Seedling Distribution

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 21, 2018 – Cox Communications is once again partnering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to increase fresh produce grown through the nonprofit’s Urban Harvest Program. Thanks to a $5,000 donation from Cox Communications, close to 9,500 starter plants were grown and distributed to more than 30 of the Regional Food Bank’s partners.

“The starter plants, known as ‘seedlings’ are grown inside the Urban Harvest greenhouse during fall and winter months using proven, regionally appropriate seeds that are open pollinated,” said Mason Weaver, urban harvest manager of the Regional Food Bank. “Seeds can be collected from the plants as they mature and used again in future years. Provision of these seedlings encourages urban gardening, especially in low-income neighborhoods, as a way to support the health and well-being of families. It provides greater access to nutritious foods, strengthens community ties and reduces environmental hazards.”

Seedlings and seeds donated included: cucumbers, eggplant, herbs, okra, yellow squash, tomatoes, watermelon and zucchini. Regional Food Bank partners benefiting from this partnership included: Community Market of Pottawatomie County Food & Resource Center in Shawnee; Loaves and Fishes Food & Resource Center in Enid; Oklahoma County Senior Nutrition Program Mud Pot in Oklahoma City; Urban Mission in Oklahoma City; University of Central Oklahoma’s Community Garden in Edmond and Skyline Urban Mission Food & Resource Center in Oklahoma City.  

Fresh produce is one of the most essential staples in a healthy diet, yet Oklahoma has one of the lowest rates of vegetable consumption in the nation. Limited access to healthy food is linked to higher rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and other chronic diseases. That’s why the Urban Harvest Program, and support from Cox Communications, is so important.

“We are proud of our long-standing partnership with the Regional Food Bank. Their innovative efforts like the Urban Harvest Program are critical in getting needed resources to our city’s most vulnerable families. We look forward to the great results that are to come of this amazing program,” said Shelli Osborn, vice president, Customer Care Centers of Excellence.

Urban Harvest is the educational gardening program of the Regional Food Bank. In addition to growing fresh fruits and vegetables on-site at the Regional Food Bank, the program provides gardening support to partner agencies and charitable projects throughout the state to help clients with inconsistent access to healthy food.

Together, we can end hunger in Oklahoma. To learn more about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org 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 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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