(OKLAHOMA CITY) — April 5, 2017 – Recently, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, located at 7307 N. MacArthur, Unit 100 in Oklahoma City, fought childhood hunger by donating 10 percent of sales to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs. In total, $500 was raised, which will support two children in the program for an entire school year.
“Over the last year alone, we have added an additional 3,000 chronically hungry elementary school students to the Backpack Program, which is why donating to Food for Kids is so important,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Thank you to Tropical Smoothie Café, and its customers, for joining us in the fight against childhood hunger.”
One four children has inconsistent access to food. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided the equivalent of nearly three million meals to chronically hungry children through its Food for Kids childhood hunger programs, which includes the Backpack Program, School Pantries, Summer Feeding and Kids Cafe. Currently, there are more than 21,000 chronically hungry children on the Food for Kids Backpack Program and more than 5,000 children getting much-needed food through our School Pantry program in middle and high schools.
“Every $200 donated provides a backpack of food every weekend for an entire school year for one student on the Backpack Program,” said Fitzgerald. “These are children whose very lives depend on your support to keep them nourished and ready to learn when they return to school on Monday morning.”
In addition to fighting childhood hunger, the Regional Food Bank also provides food to hardworking families and seniors who are trying to make ends meet.
This spring, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors struggling with hunger. Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding Programs – up to $125,000. To make a donation visit feedokseniors.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 1,300 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 587 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.