More than $273,000 Raised to Fight Senior Hunger in Oklahoma

Match Campaign Provides Hope and Food for Seniors Struggling With Hunger

(Alfalfa County, Okla.) – June 6, 2016 – Thanks to the generosity of the Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and two anonymous families, all tax-deductible donations made between March 1 and April 30 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding programs were matched, up to $120,000.   Donations poured in from generous Oklahomans and more than $273,000 in total was raised, which will provide the equivalent of more than 1,365,000 meals for older Oklahomans in central and western Oklahoma.

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous match, a dollar donation provided the equivalent of 10 meals to seniors facing hunger. 

Oklahoma continues to rank among the top 10 states in the nation for food insecurity among seniors. 

“I only receive $700 each month of social security and $15 of food stamps,” shared one client of the Regional Food Bank.  “As an elderly woman, it is very hard to have enough money left over at the end of every month. The cost of my groceries keep going up. I appreciate all the food you give me.”

The Regional Food Bank serves seniors through food pantries, emergency shelters, soup kitchens, and senior nutrition programs. Additionally, the nonprofit’s Senior Feeding program fights senior hunger through Senior Home Delivery and Senior Mobile Markets.

  • The Senior Home Delivery program is at 29 sites in the Regional Food Bank’s 53 county service area. Seniors receive home delivery sacks at the end of the month. These sites serve an average of 1,200 seniors a month.
  • The Senior Mobile Market program provides a monthly distribution of food that is set up farmer’s market style, where participants select the food they need.  A typical mobile market provides a bag of non-perishable foods, like canned fruits and vegetables, cereal, shelf stable milk, and other easy to prepare foods.  Items also include protein, fresh produce and bread.  The program currently has 18 locations in the Oklahoma City metro and serves over 1,300 seniors a month.

It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.

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. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans.

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 more than 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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