Hunger 101 Teaches Students About Hunger in Oklahoma

Program Educates and Empowers Future Leaders

(Oklahoma City) – Aug. 10, 2016 - Hunger 101 is a curriculum that is available for teachers to educate students statewide about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma. This free curriculum is available from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, who works with more than 1,200 partner agencies and schools year-round to fight hunger.

“Hunger 101 was designed with teacher convenience in mind,” said Denice Hurlbut, associate director of volunteer engagement at the Regional Food Bank.  “The activities are meant to be quick and easy for teachers and leaders to plan for and implement with their classes or youth groups.  We know that teachers are busy and wanted to make teaching their students about hunger as accessible as possible.”

Hunger 101 is available for grades three through 12 and includes pass skill/core standard aligned activities; supplemental worksheets that reinforce principles from the activities; a variety of teacher resources; and is an excellent companion to a food and fund drive or service learning.  Students are also encouraged to tour the Regional Food Bank and take part in a volunteering activity to round out the program.

The Regional Food Bank also invites teachers to bring their students to the Regional Food Bank for a field trip.  Field trip opportunities include volunteer service, tours of the warehouse and a Hunger Simulation - an activity that places students in the role of Oklahomans struggling with hunger.

For more information about Hunger 101, visit regionalfoodbank.org/hunger101 or contact Denice Hurlbut at dhurlbut@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3160.

It’s also not too late for schools to sign up for the Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, which runs from September 26 through November 11. Food donations from the drive stay local and help fight hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org, call 405-600-3174 or e-mail nprice@regionalfoodbank.org.

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who have difficulty making ends meet each month. 

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Every donation to Food for Kids between now and September 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136. For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 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 644 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.

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