Keeping it Local Since 1980

Regional Food Bank Continues to Fight Hunger in Oklahoma City

(Oklahoma City, Okla.) – Oct. 12, 2016 – Since 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been working with partner agencies and the community to fight hunger.  Last fiscal year alone, the nonprofit distributed more than 12,804,318 pounds of food to help hungry Oklahoma City county residents.

“Thanks to generous support from the community, volunteers, donors, and board members, we are able to provide food to children, seniors and families struggling with hunger year-round,” said Dawn Burroughs, vice president of marketing at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “As long as there is a need, the Regional Food Bank will be here to feed our hungry Oklahoma neighbors.

Last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed 52 million pounds of food and products throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.  In Oklahoma City County, the Regional Food Bank works with 165 partner agencies to fight hunger.  Partner agencies include: 50th Street Church of Christ, American Red Cross - OKC, Baptist Mission Center, Bethany Church of Christ, Bethel Foundation, Bible Methodist Church, Billy Hooton Indian United Methodist Church, Birth Choice Rose Home, Boys Ranch Town, BritVil Community Food Pantry, Catholic Charities, Church of the Living God, Church of the Open Arms, Church on the Rock, City Care, Inc., City Rescue Mission, Community Lighthouse Church, Cornerstone United Methodist Church Mobile Meals, Corpus Christi Catholic Church, Council Road Baptist Church, Cross and Crown Mission, Department of Veteran Affairs, Douglas Boulevard Mobile Meal, Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church, Fairview Baptist Church, First Baptist Church - Nicoma Park, First Baptist Church - Oklahoma City, First Baptist Church - Bethany, First Southern Baptist Church, Francis Tuttle Foundation, Grace Rescue Mission, Graceway Baptist Church, Guild of St. George, Harrah Free Will Baptist, Infant Crisis Center, Integris Health, Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, Jesus House, Jewish Federation Greater Oklahoma City, Light and Salvation Church, Love Link Ministries, Luther Church of Christ Service Center, Mary Mahoney, Masters Market, Mayfair Church of Christ, Mid Del Food Pantry, Mobile Meals of Oklahoma County, Mt Carmel Food Pantry, My Brother's Keeper, Neighborhood Services Organization, Nicome Park Church of Christ, North Care Unity House, Northeast Health and Wellness Center, Novo Ministries, Oklahoma City Metro House of Hope, Oklahoma City - County Health Department, Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled, Other Options, Inc., Out of Love Food Pantry, Pershing Center Supportive Housing, Phoenix Recovery Institute, Putnam City United Methodist Church, Red Rock Jordan's Crossing, Red Rock Park View Place, ReMerge of Oklahoma County, Reaching Our City Food Pantry, Reaching Our City Tulakes Food Pantry, Route 66 Project, Salvation Army - Citadel Seniors, Salvation Army - Danforth Seniors, Salvation Army - Disaster, Salvation Army - Reding Seniors, Salvation Army - Shartel Seniors, Salvation Army - Warr Acres Seniors, Salvation Army Kitchen, Seventh Day-Adventist South, Skyline Homeless Outreach, Sodexo Campus Services, Serving Our Neighbor Ministries, South Lindsay Baptist Mobile Meals, Southern Hills United Methodist Church Mobile Meals, Spencer Church of Christ, St. Charles Borromeo Pantry, St. Francis Mobile Meals, St. James Episcopal Church, St. James St Vincent de Paul, St. John Missionary Baptist, St. Luke Baptist Church Food Pantry, St. Patricks Catholic Church, Sunbeam Family Services, Teen Challenge of Oklahoma, The Referral Center, The Spero Project, Trinity International Baptist Church, University of Central Oklahoma Central Pantry, Upward Transitions, Voice of Hope 7th Day Adventist, Wildewood Christian Food Pantry, Youth Services Family Junction, Youth Services Supporting Kids in Independent Living Program and YMCA of Oklahoma.

The nonprofit also runs hunger-fighting programs in Oklahoma City County, including Food for Kids.  Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of nearly 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantries.

Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.  Last school year, more than 18,800 students in 512 schools participated in the Backpack Program.  In Oklahoma City County alone, 6,122 students in 134 schools participated in this program.  Schools included: Adams Elementary School, Angie Debo Elementary School, Apollo Elementary School, Arbor Grove Elementary School, Arthur Elementary School, Bodine Elementary School, Bridgestone Intermediate School, Britton Elementary School, Buchanan Elementary School, Capitol Hill Elementary School, Centennial Elementary School, Central Elementary School, Central Oak Elementary School, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Charles Haskell Elementary School, Chisolm Elementary School, Choctaw Elementary School, Clara Reynolds Elementary School, Cleveland Elementary School, Collidge Elementary School, Coronado Heights Elementary School, Council Grove Elementary School, Country Estates Elementary School, Cross Timbers Elementary School, Crutcho Elementary School, D D Kirkland Elementary School, Del City Elementary School, Dove Science Academy, Earl Harris Elementary School, Edgemere Elementary School, Edwards Elementary School, Epperly Elementary School, Eugene Field Elementary School, Fairview Elementary School, F.D. Moon Academy, Fillmore Elementary School, Gatewood Elementary School, Green Pastures Elementary School, Greenvale Elementary School, Greystone Lower Elementary School, Greystone Upper Elementary School, Hawthorne Elementary School, hayes Elementary School, Heritage Elementary Shcool, Heronville Elementary School, Highland Park Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School,Hilldale Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Ida Freeman Elementary School, Indian Meridian Elementary School, Jackson Enterprise Elementary School, John Glenn Elementary School, John Rex Charter Elementary School, John Ross Elementary School, Johnson Elementary School, Jones Elementary School, Jubilee Academy, Justice Alma Wison Seeworth Academy, Kaiser East Elementary School, Kaiser Elementary School, Lake Park Elementary School, Lee Elementary School, Lighthouse Academies, Linwood Elementary School, Little Light Christian School, Luther Elementary School, Mark Twain Elementary School, Midwest City Elementary School, Millwood Arts Academy, Millwood Elementary Learning Academy, MLK Jr Elementary School, Monroe Elementary School, Nichols Hills Elementary School, Nicoma Park Elementary School, Nicoma Park Intermediate School, North Highland Elementary School, Northern Hills Elementary School, Northridge Elementary School, Oakridge Elementary School, Options Unlimited, Orvis Risner Elementary School, Overholser Elementary School, Parkview Elementary School, Parmelee Elementary School, Pierce Elementary School, Pleasant Hill Early Childhood Center, Postitive Tiomorrows, Prairie Queen Elementary School, Putnam City Early Childhood Center - Children's Lighthouse #3, Putnam City Ealry Childhood Center - DeVille, Putnam City Early Childhood Center - Francis Tuttle ECC, Putnam City Ealry Childhood Center - Springdale, Putnam Heights Elementary School, Quail Creek Elementary School, Ralph Downs Elementary School, Rancho Village Elementary School, Ridgecrest Elementary School, Ridgeview Elementary School, Rockwook Elementary School, Rollingwood Elementary School, Russell Babb Elementary School, Santa Fe South Elementary School, Sequoyah Elementary School, Shidler Elementary School, Soldier Creek Elementary School, Southern Hills Elementary School, Spencer Elementary School, Stand Watie Elementary School, Stanley Hupfeld Academy School, Steed Elementary School, Stonewall Elementary School, Sunset Elementary School, Telstar Elementary School, Thelma R Parks Elementary School, Tinker Elementary School, Townsend Elementary School, Tulakes Elementary School, Van Buren Elementary School, Virginia Smith Elementary School, Washington Irving Elementary School, West Field Elementary School,  West Nichold Hills Elementary School, Western Oaks Elementary School, Westfall Elementary School, Wheeler Elementary School, Wiley Post Elementary School, Will Roger Elementary School, Willow Brook Elementary School, Wilson Arts Integration School, Winds West Elementary School and Windsor Hills Elementary School.

“I am a single mother, a teacher’s assistant and my child is seven,” shared Tiffany, whose son is on the Backpack Program. “He has a medical condition as well that costs us a lot of money every month, so this really helps offset that cost and stress. I don’t have to worry about snacks and food.”

The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving more than 5,100 students in 152 middle and high schools. In Oklahoma City County alone, 2,003 students in 46 schools participated in this program.  Schools included: Astec Charter Schools, Capitol Hill High School, Centennial Mid-High School, Central Middle School, Cheyenne Middle School, Choctaw Middle School, Cimarron Middle School, Classen School of Advanced Studies, Cooper Middle School, Del City High School, Del Crest Middle School, Douglass Mid-High Schools, Dove Sciece Academy, Edmond Memorial High School, Edmond North High School,Edmond Santa Fe High School, Emerson Mid-High Schools, Harper Academy, Harrah High School, Harrah Middle School, Hefner Middle School, James L. Capps Middle School, Jefferson Middle School, John Marshall Mid-High Schools, Kerr Middle School, Luther Middle School, Mayfield Middle School, Metro Career Academy/Metro Tech, Midwest City High School, Millwood Public Schools, Nicoma Park Middle School, Northeast Academy, NW Classen High School, Putnam City Academy, Putnman City High School, Putnam City West High School, Rogers Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, Sequoyah Middle School, Star Spencer High School, Summit Middle School, Taft Middle School, U.S. Grant High School, Webster Middle School, Wester Heights Schools and Western Oaks Middle School

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

Together, we can solve hunger.  To make a donation, or for more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.

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 126,000 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 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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