(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 13, 2016 – To help raise awareness about hunger in Oklahoma, where one in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food, the SkyDance Pedestrian Bridge will turn orange, which represents the color of hunger, on Friday, September 16 to raise awareness about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma. This is part of Hunger Action Month, which encourages Oklahomans to learn more about hunger in the state and take action.
“Hunger is closer than you think,” said Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Chances are, someone that you know has struggled with hunger or currently needs assistance with food. Even though the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 116,000 Oklahomans every week it is still not enough. That is why Hunger Action Month is so important.”
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in four children struggles with hunger every day. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides enough food to feed 116,000 Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of which are children. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank also provided million meals for chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the School Pantry program.
“Soon after we started the school pantry, one of our teachers brought a student to my office who kept falling asleep in class,” shared a School Pantry coordinator. “He was also failing all of his courses. After talking with him, I found out that he rarely had any food to eat. In fact, the only food he received was provided to him by the school. A few months after he began getting food from the school pantry, he became a new kid. His complexion improved, he was more attentive in class, and, most importantly, his grades began to improve. His teachers were stunned. When they asked what we had done to improve his situation so drastically, I had only one thing to tell them. We gave him food.”
Together, we can solve childhood hunger. Every donation to Food for Kids between now and September 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-600-3136. For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.
At more than 200 feet tall, the SkyDance Pedestrian Bridge soars above Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City and has become one of the city's most unique landmarks. The design is inspired by the "sky dance" of the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma's state bird. The bridge can be accessed at Western Avenue or Robinson/Shields Avenue.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 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 644 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.