Double the Fight Against Senior Hunger in Oklahoma
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 13, 2019 - In Oklahoma, one in 10 seniors find themselves without consistent access to nutritious food, which can lead to chronic health conditions. Thanks to a generous donor, Oklahomans can now double the impact of their gifts to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, up to $100,000, to help provide meals to even more seniors in need of food assistance.
The Senior Match Campaign goes to help seniors like Carol, who is disabled and living on Social Security.
"For me it's a blessing because I run out of food," Carol said. "I use a lot of my money for medicine, but having this program helps fulfill some of my needs that I can't buy."
Many of our state's senior citizens find themselves having to pay for rent, medical bills and prescriptions on fixed incomes. This can put them at a much higher risk of food insecurity and for health conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma and depression.
"Senior citizens have given so much to us and deserve our help," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Your support will help the Regional Food Bank continue to provide not only meals to some of our most vulnerable neighbors, but peace of mind."
Meals to seniors are provided through food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens and senior nutrition programs, additional meals are provided through the following Regional Food Bank's Food for Seniors Programs:
- Senior Mobile Market - Each month, the Regional Food Bank delivers food to approximately 1,100 seniors living in 18 Oklahoma Housing Authority sites in Oklahoma, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Comanche counties. Seniors are provided with bags of nonperishable items and, when available, fresh produce, refrigerated items and bread.
- The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CFSP) - This federally funded program works to improve the health of low-income seniors, ages 60 and older, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. The CSFP program provides meals to approximately 3,700 seniors at 37 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
Every dollar given to the Senior Match Campaign will help provide eight meals, up to $100,000, and four meals after the match is met.
Help fight senior hunger in Oklahoma by donating at FeedOKSeniors.org
or by calling 405-600-3136. Donations can also be mailed to:
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 270968
Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968