El Toro Chino Hosts Giveback Day March 6

Percent of Sales Fights Senior Hunger

(Norman, Okla.) — March 2, 2018 – Tuesday, March 6 El Toro Chino will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Seniors Programs. El Toro Chino, located at 2801 36th Ave. in Norman, donates a percentage of proceeds to benefit the Regional Food Bank the first Tuesday of every month.

“One in 10 Oklahoma senior citizens has inconsistent access to healthy food,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Seniors are some of our most vulnerable neighbors. That’s why supporting the Food for Seniors Programs is so important. These programs help Oklahomans, who have so much for us, get the food and other help they need in return.”

The Regional Food Bank serves seniors through food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and senior nutrition programs. Additionally, the nonprofit’s Food for Seniors Programs fight senior hunger through Senior Mobile Markets and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

  • Senior Mobile Markets provide a monthly distribution of food that is set up farmer’s market style, where seniors select the food they need. Each recipient receives a sack of nonperishable food items along with fresh produce, refrigerated items and bread when available. The program currently has 18 locations in the Oklahoma City metro area and serves nearly 1,000 seniors a month.
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income seniors, age 60 or older, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Last year, more than 3,000 CSFP boxes were distributed each month to seniors throughout central and western Oklahoma.

"Sometimes my money would be low and I just couldn't afford to buy food," said Jimmy, who turns to one of the Regional Food Bank’s partners for help with food and resources. “"I used to worry about food, but coming here I can get food now and it's great.”

Together, we can end hunger. Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors on fixed incomes. Through March 15, donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger will be matched – up to $100,000. Together, we can make sure every senior has access to nutritious, healthy food. Make a donation today at feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide four meals for seniors living with hunger.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization. Last year, the Regional Food Bank of distributed more than 52 million pounds of food through a network of 1,300 community-based charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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.