More than $634,660 Raised to Fight Childhood Hunger

$150,000 Match Inspired Oklahomans to Give and Give Again

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct 23, 2017 - More than $634,660 was raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs to fight childhood hunger in central and western Oklahoma. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, every childhood-hunger relief gift made to the nonprofit was matched, up to $150,000, and donors throughout Oklahoma responded by exceeding the matched goal.

The Food for Kids Match was possible thanks to donations from the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Benvenuti’s Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors. Their combined gifts matched the first $150,000 raised, dollar for dollar.

“This past academic year, we experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of children served through our Food for Kids Programs by 17 percent,” said Katie Fitzgerald chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “The incredible success of this match will certainly help us meet that increase in need.  A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today.”

In total, this match will support 6,347 students in Food for Kids for an entire school year. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids Programs, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantry:

  • 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, 24,371 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program. That’s 5,555 more chronically hungry elementary school children added to the program from the year before.
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. Last school year, the School Pantry Program served 5,770 students in 167 middle and high schools in central and western Oklahoma.

“Good nutrition has a positive impact on student performance, and we want every student to learn and perform to the fullest extent of their potential,  said Rick Allison, grand master of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma. “We hope our fraternity’s support of this important program will help these students become successful adults who will help build better communities.”

Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Donations are still needed to ensure that children in Oklahoma have enough to eat. To make a tax-deductible donation or for more information, visit 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 Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at