(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 25, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma received a $75,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help the nonprofit’s partner agencies secure and distribute more nutritious food to families in need of assistance. The grant will fund the purchase of equipment to preserve food quality, such as refrigerated vehicles, coolers and freezers, thermometers, temperature calibration devices and other items.
“One in six Oklahomans lives with hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “It is important for the Regional Food Bank to provide Oklahomans with healthy food. We are thankful to Feeding America and the Walmart Foundation for helping us secure the equipment we need to ensure that chronically hungry children, seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families have access to nutrient-rich options like fresh produce and dairy items.”
The Regional Food Bank’s Retail Recover Program enables partner agencies, including the nonprofit’s Moore Food & Resource Center, to pick up donated food directly from retail partners. Last year, 125 local partner agencies picked up donations from 127 retail sites. With the grant funding, the Regional Food Bank anticipates increasing the amount of perishable nutritious food donated by retailers by nearly 287,000 pounds, which equates to more than 239,000 meals for Oklahomans facing hunger.
The Walmart Foundation has been instrumental in helping food banks rescue and distribute more perishable food from retailers across the United States in a sustainable, cost-effective way. This grant is a part of Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s ongoing commitment to helping hardworking families who struggle with putting food on the table by providing four billion meals to people in need in the U.S. by 2020.
Since 2009, the Walmart Foundation has been a leading supporter of infrastructure grants to Feeding America food banks and their partner agencies. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation provide donations of both food and funds to the Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks. Last year alone, Walmart donated $420,889 and 9.5 million pounds of food to the Regional Food Bank to fight hunger across central and western Oklahoma.
With food insecurity remaining high throughout the country, the ability to distribute more food is critical for food banks. According to the USDA, more than 41 million people nationwide are food insecure, which means that they may not know where they will find their next meal.
Working together, we can end hunger in Oklahoma. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org 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. 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 close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit regionalfoodbank.org, find us on Facebook at.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/rfbo.