Don’t Let Oklahoma Seniors Go Hungry

It’s Not Too Late To Participate In The $125,000 Match To Fight Senior Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 6, 2017 – Older adults across Oklahoma are facing hunger every day and many are losing the battle. Oklahoma continues to rank among the top 10 states in the nation for food insecurity among seniors.  Now is the time to help Oklahoma seniors by making a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger – up to $125,000.  Donations will help provide food for seniors in central and western Oklahoma.

“Among the many health risks faced by older adults in our community, food insecurity is one of the most prevalent,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “In fact, hunger is a serious threat for one in 11 adults over age 60 living in our state.  Older Oklahomans deserve better, and you can help.”

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous match, a dollar donation will provide the equivalent of 10 meals for seniors facing hunger. 

The Regional Food Bank serves seniors through food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and senior nutrition programs. Additionally, the nonprofit’s Senior Feeding program fights senior hunger through Senior Home Delivery and Senior Mobile Pantries.

  • The Senior Home Delivery Program serves 26 sites in the Regional Food Bank’s 53 county service area. Seniors who, receive home delivery sacks, receive a nutritional supplement at the end of the month.
  • The Senior Mobile Pantries provide a monthly distribution of food that is set up farmer’s market style, where participants select the foods they need.  A typical mobile market provides a bag of non-perishable foods, like canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, shelf stable milk, and other easy to prepare foods.  Items also include protein, fresh produce and bread.  The program currently has 18 locations in the Oklahoma City metro and serves over 1,000 seniors a month.

Together, we can make sure every senior has access to nutritious, healthy food.  Make a tax-deductible donation today at feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136.  Donations can also be mailed to:

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Senior Match
P.O. Box 270968
Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968

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 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. For more information 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 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 587 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.

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