(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 11, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has received a $1,645.03 grant from The Great American Milk Drive to provide additional milk to seniors on limited incomes and families who are working hard to make ends meet. The milk will be distributed to clients through partner agencies in the Regional Food Bank’s 53-county service area in central and western Oklahoma.
Started in 2014, The Great American Milk Drive is the first-ever nationwide program to help deliver highly-desired and nutrient-rich milk to individuals and families who need it most. MilkPEP, a U.S. Department of Agriculture checkoff program of dairy processors, has also invested in the program that involves partnerships with retailers, local food banks like the Regional Food Bank, state/regional dairy councils and dairy processors. The grant is made available through Feeding America, a hunger organization with a nationwide network of food banks.
“We are so appreciative to receive this grant that helps us provide more milk to our neighbors struggling with hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Being able to ensure the people we serve have more access to nutritious foods like milk is so important.”
The Regional Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit distributed 52.2 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Through Sept. 30, every donation to the Food for Kids program will be matched up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Bienvenuti Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-972-1111.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.