Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break

More than 160 Volunteers Needed to Pack Meals for Children This July

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – (July 6, 2016) – This month, the Regional Food Bank seeks more than 160 volunteers to help fight childhood hunger in Oklahoma. Volunteers are needed to prepare meals for the Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding program, which helps the one in four children in Oklahoma who have inconsistent access to food.  

“Without volunteers, we will not be able to prepare enough meals for our Summer Feeding program,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Summer Feeding volunteers are critical to making sure children will receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school meals are not available.”

Summer Feeding provides complimentary breakfast and/or lunch to children 18 and younger in low income areas.  This year, the Regional Food Bank will distribute food through to 118 sites across central and western Oklahoma to ensure that children have enough to eat this summer. This summer, the Regional Food Bank will provide more than 200,000 meals through Hope’s Kitchen, the nonprofit’s production kitchen.

Volunteers are needed weekdays through July 28.  Volunteer shifts are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.  Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and both individuals and groups are welcome. The nonprofit needs at least 25 volunteers per shift each day to ensure that the meals will be available for children over the summer. 

Help fight childhood hunger by signing up to volunteer at regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3160.  To view a list of Summer Feeding sites visit summerfeeding.org.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 600 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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