Time is Running Out for 2019 Senior Match Campaign
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 26, 2019 - Oklahomans have until the end of March to double their donations to help the one in 10 senior citizens in need of food assistance through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Senior Match Campaign.
All donations to the campaign are matched, up to $100,000, thanks to the generosity of a donor. For every dollar donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to help provide eight meals to seniors through the following 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.
- Senior Servings – This pilot program, launched in 2018, targets food-insecure seniors living independently and receiving meals at two Oklahoma City congregate feeding sites on weekdays but who are food insecure over the weekends. The program provides four frozen meals, prepared by Regional Food Bank volunteers in Hope’s Kitchen, to seniors on Fridays.
These programs can play an important role in helping feed senior citizens, like Sandy, who lack consistent access to nutritious food. Sandy is a resident at Danforth Senior Center and receives food through the Senior Mobile Market.
"The Mobile Market is crucial for so many who live here," Sandy said. "Many don't have anyone to look out for them or to think if they have enough food for the month."
A lack of consistent access to nutritious food can lead to chronic health conditions like congestive heart failure, asthma and depression in senior citizens.
"The Regional Food Bank is committed to providing for some of our most vulnerable citizens," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Your donations will help to prevent many Oklahoma seniors from having to choose between paying for prescriptions or purchasing food."
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