"In Oklahoma, one in six residents lacks consistent access to enough food to live an active, healthy life," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Whether it is spreading awareness on social media or bringing your organization to our Volunteer Center for a shift, we encourage you to do what you can to shine a light on food insecurity in Oklahoma."
You can also join the fight against hunger by hosting a food drive, wearing orange – the color of hunger - or by donating to the Regional Food Bank. For every $1 donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to help provide four meals.
Oklahomans are also encouraged to take part in the following events and activities:
- S&B Burger Joint Big Poppa Food Challenge - Throughout the month, $1 of each featured burger sold will benefit the Regional Food Bank. On Sept. 4, a panel of local foodies will take attempt the Big Poppa Challenge. To complete the challenge, competitors must eat the monthly feature burger, a side special and finish a root beer within 30 minutes. Twenty percent of sales from the evening will benefit the Regional Food Bank. Join us at 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at S&B’s location at 20 NW 9 St. in Oklahoma City.
- Second Tuesday at Panda Express – Panda Express locations in the metro will donate a portion of their proceeds to the Regional Food Bank. Eat delicious food for a good cause!
- Hunger Action Day – Hunger Action Day, Sept. 12, is a time for hunger-relief advocates to focus our efforts on one day for greater impact. We encourage everyone to wear orange to raise awareness to the issue of food insecurity in Oklahoma. That evening, the Skydance Bridge over I-40 will be lit orange in honor of Hunger Action Day.
- News 9 at the Oklahoma State Fair – From Sept. 12 to Sept. 22, join News 9 in fighting childhood hunger as the station raises donations for the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs at their booth at Gate 1 at the Oklahoma State Fair. Make a donation and vote on which News 9 anchor has to kiss a pig!
- Kendra Scott Gives Back – Kendra Scott Edmond, 1452 S. Bryant, will donate 20 percent of their sales to the Regional Food Bank from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19.
- P Bar Farms - Located off Route 66 near Weatherford, P Bar Farms is dedicating their 2019 season to the Regional Food Bank. From Sept. 14 through Oct. 31, walk through the Regional Food Bank-themed corn maze, take a hayride, enjoy the petting zoo and so much more!
- Food for Kids Match - To combat childhood hunger, the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, 7-Eleven Stores, Lezlie and David Hudiburg, David Gorham and an anonymous donor have issued a matching gift challenge. Through Sept. 30, every donation made to the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids Programs will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $180,000. Donations can be made by visiting foodforkids.us or by calling 405-600-3136.
- Mondays for a Change - Each Monday after Labor Day, Sushi Neko and The Lobby Café & Bar donate 10 percent of sales to nonprofits like the Regional Food Bank. On every Tuesday, Musashi’s Japanese Steakhouse donates 10 percent of sales to help fight hunger.
- Okie Express Auto Wash - Visit any of the nine Okie Express Auto Wash locations. While selecting from the car wash menu, customers can also choose to donate to the Regional Food Bank.
- AmazonSmile - When you shop at AmazonSmile and select the Regional Food Bank as your charity of choice, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5 percent of the purchase price to the Regional Food Bank.
- Cheesecake Factory – Through Feb. 29, the Cheesecake Factory will donate 25 cents to Feeding America for every slice of Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake sold. A portion of those proceeds will be donated to the Regional Food Bank.
Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the United States. Every September, Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks mobilizes to encourage residents to be active in the fight against hunger.
Learn more about what the Regional Food Bank is doing to fight hunger in Oklahoma by visiting rfbo.org.