Oklahoma Food Banks Ask Public to Take Action to Help Fight Hunger

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Promote Hunger Action Month

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 27, 2020 - Asking for help isn't easy but helping can be. During Hunger Action Month, join the Oklahoma Food Banks, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in taking action to end hunger.

Every September, the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks mobilize to take action in the fight against hunger.

"Everyone has a role to play in ending hunger and we need your help now more than ever," said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. "Engage, advocate or donate. Even an action as small as spreading awareness on social media can make a big difference."

Hunger Action Month comes at a crucial time in 2020 as Feeding America projects food security rates to climb higher than the peak of the Great Recession with more than an additional 215,000 Oklahomans going hungry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“With more people than ever needing food assistance, many for the first time, Hunger Action Month takes on added significance this year,” said Lori Long, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. “Each action taken affirms our strong sense of community and our commitment to one another. Together we can paint Oklahoma orange.”

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The Oklahoma Food Banks encourage the public to take action in one of the following ways:

Awareness

  • Wear orange, the color of hunger awareness, on Sept. 10 in recognition of Hunger Action Day
  • Spread the word about Hunger Action Month on social media

Education

Advocacy

  • Register to vote or register others to vote
  • Contact your legislators and encourage them to support policies that address the root causes of hunger and poverty in Oklahoma

Support

  • Host a food and fund drive
  • Donate to the Regional Food Bank's Food for Kids Match
  • Donate to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Match
  • Participate in TulsaPeople's 14th Annual Restaurant Week benefiting Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma

A full list of Hunger Action Month opportunities offered by the Oklahoma Food Banks can be found by visiting okfoodbank.org or FeedingOklahoma.org.

About the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Founded in 1981, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is one of the largest, private hunger-relief organizations in Oklahoma. With branches in Tulsa and McAlester, it distributes food to people in need through a network of 730 Partner Agencies and direct service programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. Feeding programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, disaster relief, child and senior feeding programs, and veteran’s initiatives. In addition, the Food Bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger. For more information, visit okfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/okfoodbank or follow us on Instagram @okfoodbank.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where everyone, regardless of circumstance, has access to nutritious food. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state's largest hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community-based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.