(Stillwater, Okla.) – Sept. 6, 2017 – Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center, an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, will open its doors to help Payne County residents struggling with hunger on Sept. 6. On Aug. 31, the community was invited to the nonprofit’s ribbon cutting and open house. Speakers included: Will Joyce, Stillwater city commissioner, Justin Mingus, CEO of the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce, Becky Taylor, executive director of Our Daily Bread and Cassie Gilman, vice president of development and marketing at the Regional Food Bank.
“Our Daily Bread is an innovative solution to the fight against hunger in Payne County,” said Taylor. “We are so grateful to the community and to the Regional Food Bank for providing the resources needed to build Our Daily Bread.”
In Payne County, 15,350 residents face hunger every day. During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed enough food to provide 788,316 meals for Payne County residents struggling with hunger; however, it was not enough. That is why the opening of Our Daily Bread is vital to Payne County, where the need for food and resources continues to grow.
“Everyone deserves to have access to food,” said Gilman. “Our Daily Bread provides a place where Payne County residents who are struggling with hunger can find healthy food for their family and additional resources to help break the cycle of poverty.”
Our Daily Bread’s mission is, “Feeding our community collaboratively and providing connections that enable lasting change.” The nonprofit has expanded hours of operation to better serve Payne County residents in a supermarket-like setting. The food pantry allows clients to choose the foods they want so that they take only what they need – making more efficient use of food resources. Our Daily Bread also stocks a variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, and will connect clients with other social services in the community.
The Regional Food Bank is committed to ensuring an equitable distribution of food, maximizing utilization of resources and providing compassionate service to vulnerable populations. The nonprofit is investing in programs, facilities and partnerships that offer the best opportunities to improve service and feed more hungry Oklahomans. Food & Resources Centers, like the Our Daily Bread, will allow the Regional Food Bank to distribute food to Oklahoma’s hungry in a more efficient and cost-effective manner while connecting those served to resources that provide relief and increase self-sufficiency.
Donors to the Our Daily Bread capital campaign include: The Allene Brown Foundation, Elite Repeat, J. E. and L. E. Mabee Foundation and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
For more information about Our Daily Bread visit ourdailybreadfrc.org or call 405-533-2555. To learn more about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.
About Our Daily Bread
Our Daily Bread Food & Resource Center is an affiliate of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Our Daily Bread offers client-choice shopping that allows clients to select the foods they need and want in a supermarket-like setting. The center places an emphasis on nutritious foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables. In addition to providing access to nutritious food, the center also allows volunteers and staff more opportunities to interact with clients and find additional ways they can be of service. See hours of operation at ourdailybreadfrc.org or call 405-533-2555.
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 653 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.