More than $717,300 Raised to Help Fight Childhood Hunger

$150,000 Match Key to Success of Food For Kids Match

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Nov. 5, 2018 – More than $717,300 was raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs to fight childhood hunger in central and western Oklahoma. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, every donation made to benefit the Food for Kids Programs was matched dollar for dollar up to $150,000 thanks to combined gifts from the Masonic Charity Fraternity of Oklahoma, Lezlie and David Hudiburg and David Gorham. 

“Learning can’t begin if students are hungry and the success of this match will help the Regional Food Bank feed more children,” said Katie Fitzgerald chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “We are so grateful to the match donors for combining their gifts to help inspire their fellow Oklahomans to give and give again.”

Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of 2.3 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids Programs, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantry Program:

  • Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, nonperishable, nutritious food on Fridays to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. Last school year, nearly 20,000 students in 481 elementary schools participated in the Backpack Program.
     
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. Last school year, the School Pantry Program served 6,494 students at 172 middle and high schools in central and western Oklahoma. The School Pantry Program also serves college and other postsecondary students on the campuses of the University of Oklahoma, University of Central Oklahoma, Western Technology Center and Oklahoma City Community College.

“Good nutrition has a positive impact on student performance, and we want every student to learn and perform to the fullest extent of their potential, said John Logan, executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma. “We hope our fraternity’s support of this important program will help these students become successful adults who will help build better communities.”

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. To make a tax-deductible donation or for more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.

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 harworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nations network of food banks.

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