(Ponca City, Okla.)– (August 26, 2016) – Yesterday, a ribbon cutting and dedication was held to celebrate the opening of the New Emergency Resource Agency Food & Resource Center in Ponca City, in affiliation with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The NERA Food & Resource Center will provide food and other resources for residents in Kay County and surrounding areas.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to the City of Ponca City and all of our generous donors,” said Tom Short, executive director of the New Emergency Resource Agency FRC. "This facility is going to allow us to provide nutritious food for residents who struggle with hunger, while also giving them access to other resources that can help break the cycle of poverty. It’s truly a game-changer.”
NERA will officially open on Monday, August 29 at 500 N. 1 St. in Ponca City. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m. For information about volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Regional Food Bank launched the Food & Resource Center pilot program in 2012 to address both the needs of Oklahomans struggling with hunger and the needs of the community. The focus of Food & Resource Centers is to provide greater access to more nutritious food and build partnerships with other services and programs in each community, like Ponca City.
There are five fully operational centers in the Oklahoma City metro area along with six outside the metro in Durant, Elk City, Enid, Lawton, Shawnee, and now Ponca City. Additional Food & Resource Centers are planned throughout the Regional Food Bank’s service area in central and western Oklahoma. Each location is based upon need and community support and built to fit the look and feel of the community where they are located.
“One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Families in the Kay County area who are experiencing difficulty keeping food on their table will have access to nutritious groceries including produce, milk and protein items in a grocery-store environment. The NERA Food & Resource Center is the result of tremendous community collaboration and support and will make a huge impact on the lives of those who find themselves in need.”
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 more than 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
For more information about the New Emergency Resource Agency Food & Resource Center, including how to donate or how to volunteer, call 580-765-5372. Click here to find NERA FRC on Facebook. Together, we are “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”
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 1,200 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.