(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 26, 2016 – In celebration of Food Day on October 24, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma partnered with Evangelistic Baptist Church to teach more than 30 children about nutrition and healthy eating. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainably produced food and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.
"At the Regional Food Bank, Food Day is about sharing our love of fresh fruits and vegetables with young people in our community,” said Mason Weaver, director of Urban Harvest at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Every year, we bring different and exciting flavors to the event and encourage kids to taste new foods or try familiar foods in new ways.”
As part of the event, children made spooky crafts and activity balloons. They also enjoyed healthy green smoothies from vegetables grown through the Regional Food Bank’s Urban Harvest program. The four central goals of Urban Harvest are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.
Oklahoma ranks among the 10 worst states for many key health indicators, including cardiovascular deaths, diabetes deaths, obesity, and has the 44th lowest rate of vegetable consumption in the nation. The Regional Food Bank is working to make the state healthier by providing more produce to Oklahomans struggling with hunger.
“Many people don’t realize the strong connection between poor health and chronic hunger,” said Weaver. “Cheaper food choices tend to be high in calories, but low on nutrition. When a family is struggling financially, they can’t afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables.”
Last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 12.7 million pounds of produce.
Together, we can solve hunger. To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111.
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.