(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 8, 2016 – Over the last six years, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has more than doubled the number of pounds of food provided to fight hunger in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
“In fiscal year 2008, we distributed 25 million pounds of food to our neighbors struggling with hunger,” said Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Last fiscal year, we distributed 49.9 million pounds of food to fight hunger and we’ve exceeded the 50 million pound-mark this fiscal year that ended June 30. However, it is still not enough.”
One in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food. In fact, Oklahoma ranks as one of the hungriest states in the nation. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, children and seniors living on fixed incomes.
“The face of hunger is closer than we think,” said Bivens. “Many of our neighbors seeking food assistance have jobs, raise families and want to stand on their own two feet, just like the rest of us. Too often, they are forced to make difficult decisions in order to keep food on the table.”
According to the Oklahoma Food Banks, which consists of the Regional Food Bank and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, 72 percent of client households reported having to choose between food and utilities and 66 percent had to choose between food and medicine/medical care.
“A client was just diagnosed with cancer and has many medical bills,” shared one partner agency of the Regional Food Bank. “The food distribution has been a great benefit for her situation.”
The Regional Food Bank is the largest private domestic hunger-relief organization in the state and the single most important source of food for Oklahoma's hunger relief agencies and the people they serve.
Together, we can solve hunger. To make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private domestic hunger-relief organization. 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 nearly 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.