(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 28, 2018 – Barnes & Noble, 13800 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City, is collecting book donations through Dec. 25 to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.
One in four Oklahoma children lives with hunger. The Backpack Program provides kid-friendly, nutritious food to elementary school children and served nearly 20,000 students at 481 elementary schools last school year.
“The Regional Food Bank Backpack Program is the perfect partner because we know that these books will get in the hands of kids who need them, and we hope our efforts will plant the seed of learning and the love of books with each child who gets one this year,“ said Lori Hall, Barnes & Noble store manager.
In 2017, Barnes & Noble collected more than 1,500 books through the drive. All books will be included in the backpacks of students at several Oklahoma City metro elementary schools.
“This generous gesture from Barnes & Noble helps bring smiles to the faces of Oklahoma children,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Through this partnership we are able to encourage children to develop a love for reading.”
Food is the most essential school supply. Last year, the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs provided more than 2.3 million meals to more than 38,000 chronically hungry children. .
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.