Van Buren Elementary School Students Raced to Fight Hunger

Run for Life Promotion Raised $620 for Regional Food Bank

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 21, 2017 – The results are in for Van Buren Elementary School’s Run for Life recess competition. After spending countless hours planning, promoting, and running throughout the school year, these passionate students raised $620 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 

“The Run for Life Running Club is a great way to promote healthy lifestyle choices, while supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma,” said Kristi Stone, Van Buren Elementary School physical education teacher. “We are so glad that our students have a wonderful organization, like the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, to learn about and support.”

Van Buren Elementary School students were invited to join the Club and paid a $2.50 per semester membership fee, which is donated to the Regional Food Bank. During recess, students ran around the school and tracked their efforts. This year, 167 students participated in the competition and ran 2,386 miles.  Sergio Leon, Jade Jaramillo and Emelyn Ordonez ran the most miles – more than 120 miles each!

“I want to thank Van Buren Elementary School, and its students, for their dedication to fighting hunger in Oklahoma,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “This year, their donation will provide 3,100 meals for children, families and seniors struggling with hunger over the summer. Thank you.”

Run for Life began in 2012, when the school developed the program to promote healthy lifestyle choices for their students and to teach them about giving back to their community.  Over the last five years, students have raised more than $2,500 through their Run for Life program.

Join the Regional Food Bank in fighting hunger this summer.  Volunteers are urgently needed to pack fresh meals for Summer Feeding.  Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. At least 25 volunteers are needed per shift each day to ensure that the meals will be available for children over the summer. Sign up to volunteer at or call 405-600-3160.

The Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding program provides free meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months, when free and reduced price meals are not available at school. For more information text the word FOOD to 877877, visit or call 405-972-1111.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private 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 653 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at