Hunger Doesn't Take a Break

Chronically Hungry Students Turn to Regional Food Bank for Food During Spring Break

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – (March 12 , 2018) –  For most students, spring break means a hiatus from homework and classes, but for thousands of Oklahoma City Public School students who rely on free or reduced price meals, it can also mean going without food. Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is continuing to fight childhood hunger while school is out.

“While most children look forward to relaxing over spring break, parents of thousands of Oklahoma students worry about how to feed their children. This puts additional stress on families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “In Oklahoma City, many families depend on free or reduced price school meals to provide their children with nutritious food to help them thrive.”

From March 12 through March 23, any student 18 and under can receive a free lunch and snack weekdays at the following locations, which are partner agencies of the Regional Food Bank:

  • Douglass Recreation Center, located at 900 N. Frederick Douglass in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1 N.W. 4th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Macklanburg Recreation Center, located at 2234 N.W. 117th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.
  • Melrose Recreation Center, located at 7800 Melrose Ln. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m. This site is only open March 13 through March 17.
  • Minnis Lakeview Recreation Center, located at 12520 N.E. 36th Street in Spencer. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Pilot Recreation Center, located at 1435 N.W. Kate Ave. in Oklahoma City. Dinner is served at 4 p.m. and snacks are served at 1 p.m.
  • Pitts Recreation Center, located at 1920 N. Kate Ave. in Oklahoma City. Dinner is served at 3 p.m. and snacks are served at 1 p.m.
  • Ralph Ellison Library, located at 2000 N.E. 23rd St in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 12 p.m. and snacks are served at 3:30 p.m.
  • Schilling Recreation Center, located at 539 S.E. 25th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • Sellers Recreation Center, located at 8301 S. Villa Ave. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m. and snacks are served at 5:30 p.m. This site is only open March 13 through March 17.
  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, located at 400 S.W. 66th St. in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 1 p.m. and snacks are served at 3 p.m.
  • St. Jude Missionary Baptist, located at 1001 N.W. 92nd in Oklahoma City. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and snacks are served at 4 p.m.

The Regional Food Bank is able to help provide nutritious food for school break through partnerships with Neighborhoods in Action, Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation, Oklahoma City Public Schools, St. Jude Missionary Baptist Church and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. The Regional Food Bank is also alleviating hunger over spring break through the Food for Kids Backpack Program by providing chronically hungry elementary school students with extra sacks of food.

In preparation for an anticipated teacher walkout in early April, the Regional Food Bank is working on a coordinated response to provide food assistance to children, families and school personnel throughout the nonprofit’s 53-county service area in central and western Oklahoma. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org/supportstudents.

The majority of Oklahomans served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.

Together, we can end hunger. Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors on fixed incomes. Through March 15, donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger will be matched – up to $100,000. Together, we can make sure every senior has access to nutritious, healthy food. Make a donation today at feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide four meals for seniors living with hunger.

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 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 more than 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. 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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