Hunger Never Retires

It’s Not Too Late to Participate in the $100,000 Match to Fight Senior Hunger

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 16, 2018 – Oklahoma remains one of the top 10 states in the nation for food insecurity for seniors, where one in 10 has inconsistent access to nutritious food. Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors on fixed incomes. Through March 31, donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger will be matched – up to $100,000. 

“Among the many health risks faced by older adults in our state, food insecurity is one of the most prevalent,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Too often, our seniors are having to make the choice between paying for prescriptions and buying food. Older Oklahomans deserve better and you can help.”

Limited mobility and dependence on outside assistance makes seniors particularly vulnerable to hunger. For seniors on fixed incomes, paying for rent, utilities and medical bills and prescriptions stretches their small, monthly income. Seniors who are food insecure are at a much higher risk for chronic health conditions than their food secure counterparts.

“Hunger never retires,” said Fitzgerald. “We need to take care of our elders who defended our freedom, built our communities and contributed so much to our economy. They need our support now more than ever. With your help, we can make sure they receive the nutritious food they so desperately need.”

The Regional Food Bank serves seniors through food pantries, emergency shelters, congregate meal sites and senior nutrition programs. Additionally, the nonprofit’s Food for Seniors Program fight senior hunger through Senior Mobile Markets and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

  • Senior Mobile Markets provide a monthly distribution of food that is set up farmer’s market style, where seniors select the food they need. Each recipient receives a sack of nonperishable food items along with fresh produce, refrigerated items and bread when available. The program currently has 18 locations in the Oklahoma City metro area and serves nearly 1,000 seniors a month.
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) works to improve the health of low-income seniors, age 60 or older, by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA commodity foods. Last year, more than 3,000 CSFP boxes were distributed each month to seniors throughout central and western Oklahoma.

For Jimmy, the struggle is real. The retired senior said he would sometimes try to find old scrap metal to sell so he could buy food.

“Sometimes my money would be low and I just couldn’t afford to buy food,” he said.

Jimmy now shops each month at one of the Regional Food Bank’s Food & Resource Centers where he is able to select nutritious food. “I used to worry about food but coming here, I can get the food now and it’s great,” he said. “I don’t starve when I come here.”

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides four meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous match, every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of eight meals for seniors facing hunger. After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide the equivalent of four meals.

Together, we can make sure every Oklahoma senior has access to nutritious, healthy food. Make a donation today at feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. Donations can also be mailed to:

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Food for Seniors Match

P.O. Box 270968

Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org 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 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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