(Oklahoma City) – Aug. 21, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma today announced an $81,724 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fight hunger across central and western Oklahoma through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education and outreach. SNAP is the largest federal program dedicated to providing aid to millions of low-income individuals and families living with hunger, yet 17 percent of Americans eligible for SNAP currently do not receive this benefit. Nationwide, only 42 percent of eligible seniors are enrolled in SNAP.
With this grant, the Regional Food Bank hopes to scale access to SNAP among eligible households, with particular emphasis on reaching seniors, families with children, and other vulnerable populations. The Regional Food Bank will develop a SNAP outreach and tracking plan with the goal of increasing SNAP applications submitted by 10 to 20 percent from 50 partner agencies across central and western Oklahoma.
“One in four children in Oklahoma has limited or no access to nutritious food,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Food is an essential part of their educational and social development. At the Regional Food Bank, we work tirelessly to help fill this need and programs like SNAP can boost the supply of nutritious food in a child’s household.”
SNAP provides more than nutrition assistance; it helps improve families’ overall well-being. With lower grocery bills, people are better able to pay for other basic necessities—rent or mortgages, medical expenses, utilities and transportation. According to the USDA’s Economic Research Service Report, SNAP is critical to moving families into long-term food security.
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.
Working together, we can end hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit regionafoodbank.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.