(OKLAHOMA CITY) - Jan. 10, 2017 – Crest Foods once again took a swing at childhood hunger in Oklahoma and raised $80,000 from their 28th Annual Golf Tournament. These funds will support the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Backpack Program and will provide weekend food for chronically hungry school children. A semi-truck full of Tyson Chicken Breast was also donated through the tournament.
“No child should have to worry about where their next meal will come from,” said Crest Owner Bruce Harroz.
With the help of companies like Crest, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed 126,000 Oklahomans each week, 37 percent of whom are children.
“One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This donation from Crest will support 400 of children in the Food for Kids Backpack Program.”
The Regional Food Bank started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a firsthand account of an Oklahoma City elementary student who fainted on a Monday morning, while waiting in the school lunch line, due to lack of food over the weekend. The Backpack Program provides a backpack of kid-friendly, shelf-stable and nutritious food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.
Hunger impacts kids in so many different ways, including their physical and social development. This is why partnerships, like the one between the Regional Food Bank and Crest, are so important to ensure that programs, like the Backpack Program, can continue to be provided. In the 10 years that the Regional Food Bank has partnered with Crest, Crest has donated a total of $493,795 and 1,060,013 pounds of food to fight hunger in the state.
Together, we can solve hunger. To make a tax deductible donation, call 405-972-1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
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 126,000 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 644 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.