(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 19, 2016 – The 12th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, coordinated through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, raised more than 200,000 pounds of food and $66,500, which will provide more than 502,000 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger this winter.
Statewide, more than 175 schools participated in the Drive. Schools recognized for raising the most donations include: Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School for raising 88,639 meals; Bethany Earl Harris Elementary School for raising 19,708 meals; and Heritage Hall Middle School for raising 9,756 meals.
The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 people each week. The majority of clients served by the nonprofit are seniors living on fixed incomes, hardworking families who have difficulty making ends meet and children.
“Support for the fight against hunger in Oklahoma is more critical than ever before,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “One in four children in Oklahoman struggles with hunger every day. Through Students Against Hunger, these students are not only providing food for families this winter, they are also learning a valuable life lesson – the importance of giving back to their community.”
The Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Last year, this Drive raised enough food and funds to provide the equivalent of 490,000 meals.
It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger. Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every gift we receive through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar - up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million. To make a donation call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
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 126,000 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 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.