Students Struggle with Hunger in Oklahoma

$150,000 Matching Gift Runs Through September 30

(OKLAHOMA CITY)  – Sept. 14, 2016 – One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger. Help make this a hunger free school year by making a donation to Food for Kids.  The Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families have issued a $150,000 matching gift challenge to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in fighting childhood hunger in the state.  Every childhood hunger-relief gift made between now and September 30 will be matched, up to $150,000.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides enough food to feed 116,000 Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of which are childrenLast 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 Backpack Program, and School Pantries. 

Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. During the 2014 - 2015 school year, nearly 18,500 students in 514 schools participated in the Backpack Program.

“One of our students on the Backpack Program is always so excited when he sees me in the halls or cafeteria, or on the playground,” shared a Backpack Program coordinator.  “He always tells me what day it is and how many days it is until Friday when he gets to take his backpack for the weekend.”

The School Pantry program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. During the 2014 - 2015 school year, the School Pantry program served nearly 5,000 students in 143 middle and high schools. 

Together, we can solve childhood hunger.  To make a tax-deductible donation visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136. 

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 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools 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 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.

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