Perk Place Café in Edmond Continues to Serve Up Coffee and Kindness

Partnership Benefits Food for Kids Programs in Oklahoma

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 15, 2018 – Thanks to the generosity of Perk Place Café and its customers, more than $22,200 has been raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Programs over the last four years.

“Learning begins when hunger ends,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Thanks to support from the community and businesses like Perk Place Café, we are providing much-needed food to chronically hungry children in central and western Oklahoma.”

At Perk Place Café, generosity rules. The café donates 25 cents of every transaction from its location at 1649 W. 33rd Rd. in Edmond to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Programs. Perk Place also makes people’s lives a little sweeter by offering free coffee from 7 to 8 a.m., Monday through Saturday, in exchange for a donation to local charities. The café specializes in specialty breakfast, lunch, catering and locally roasted coffee, espresso and cappuccinos. Perk Place Café also has another location at 14000 Quail Springs Parkway in Oklahoma City.

“Nothing moves or recharges people like random acts of generosity,” said Natalie Myer, owner of Perk Place Café. “Our entire purpose for starting this business was to transform lives, which is why we are happy to support the Regional Food Bank. Devoting our profits to help improve lives is how we pass it on to the world.”

One in four Oklahoman children has inconsistent access healthy to food. Through Food for Kids Programs, the Regional Food Bank is working hard to end childhood hunger in Oklahoma by providing chronically hungry children with the food they need today to help them thrive. Last year, the number of students in the Food for Kids Programs increased by 17 percent and provided more than 3 million meals to chronically hungry children in elementary, middle and high school.

Together, we can give students the fuel they need to thrive. Every $100 donated to a Food for Kids Program, which includes the Backpack Program and School Pantry Program, ensures an Oklahoma student will have enough to eat for an entire year.

  • The Backpack Program provides children with 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.

The Backpack Program helps students like Natalie, a first grader who takes home a backpack every weekend. She said her favorite item in the backpack is the beef jerky stick. Natalie said that when she doesn’t have food, she gets very hungry. “When you’re hungry, your belly starts to rumble,” she said. “When you don’t get food at night, you’re still very hungry.”

Together, we can end childhood hunger. For more information about Food for Kids Programs, or to make a financial donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111. Volunteers are also needed to pack Food for Kids sacks and help prepare fresh meals in Hope’s Kitchen. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer. For more information about Perk Place Café visit perkplacecafeok.com.

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 Oklahomans living with hunger. 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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