Help Stock the Shelves at School Pantries

Regional Food Bank Hosts Food Drive to Prepare for New School Year

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 13, 2018 – Hunger must end before learning can begin. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is asking the community to join in the fight against childhood hunger. Through Sept. 30, food donations are needed to stock the shelves at school pantries for chronically hungry middle and high school students.

No child should grow up hungry, yet one in four Oklahoma children has inconsistent access to healthy food.” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Working together, we can provide students with the meals they need today to help them thrive.”

The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. Last year, 5,770 chronically hungry students attending 167 schools received weekly groceries. Midwest City High School is one of the many schools where staff see first-hand the importance of this crucial program.

"Nutrition helps the body to develop, and if you don’t have nutrition it slows your brain development,” said Coach Darrell Hall with Midwest City High School. “A child of a young age, if they don’t get the things that are essential then it’s going to affect them the rest of their lives."

Most needed items for the School Pantry Program include:

  • Canned protein items such as chili, chicken, tuna, beans and salmon
  • Broth-based canned soup including chicken and noodle, stew and beef soup
  • Canned fruit in water or 100 percent juice (not in heavy syrup)
  • Canned vegetables including tomatoes, green beans and mixed vegetables
  • Instant or regular oatmeal with no sugar added
  • Dry pasta, whole grain, veggie pasta or egg noodles
  • Granola bars
  • Heat & serve meals such as ravioli, lasagna, spaghetti, meatballs and macaroni
  • Peanut butter
  • Rice, brown or white
  • Tomato products and pasta sauces, low sodium or no salt added preferred
  • Whole grain Cheerios, Wheat Chex, Wheaties, granola or shredded wheat cereal

Donations can be dropped off at the Regional Food Bank’s Volunteer Center, located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Through the Pack the Pantry partnership with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden and News 9, donations can also be dropped off at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 18 and 25. Guests bringing at least one of the most needed items will receive half off admission.

Together, we can end childhood hunger. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org/stock 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. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 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 close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit regionalfoodbank.org, find us on Facebook at.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/rfbo.

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