Hunger advocates will once again be joining the fight against hunger in Oklahoma by participating in Hunger Action Month. This month-long national campaign works to fight hunger and is sponsored by Feeding America in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
“The Regional Food Bank simply would not exist without support from the community,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “We are grateful that our donors, volunteers, agencies and advocates support the fight against hunger in Oklahoma year round, but especially during Hunger Action Month.”
With distributions in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties, the Regional Food Bank depends on local community partners to get food to Oklahomans struggling with hunger. In Bryan County, the organization partners with the following agencies: Colbert Senior Citizens, Families Feeding Families, Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Project – Bokchito, Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Project – Durant, St. Catherine’s House, Victory Life Family Worship and Youth Services of Bryan County.
“I live off of a $650 disability check each month, and receive $20 worth of food stamps,” shared a client of a one of the Regional Food Bank’s partner agency. “Without the food pantry I would go hungry. I am so grateful.”
Working together, we can solve hunger. Some of the events taking place in the Oklahoma in support of Hunger Action Month include:
· Hunger Action Day – Wear orange, the color of hunger, to support hunger awareness this Thursday, September 3rd.
Volunteering at the Regional Food Bank. It’s a fun team-building experience for corporate groups; a bonding experience for families; and a great way for church groups to come together and give back to their community. Volunteer times are available Monday through Saturday and by appointment. To sign up visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.
Participating in Oklahoma’s Own Ride Against Childhood Hunger. Presented by the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, the fifth annual Oklahoma’s Own Ride Against Childhood Hunger will take place on Sunday, September 13. Last year’s ride raised $110,000 for the Food for Kids program! Visit News9.com/Ride to register or for more information.
· Signing up for the Students Against Hunger Food Drive. Students CAN fight hunger! This food and fund drive runs from Sept. 28 through Nov. 13. All food donations raised through this drive stay local. For more information, or to sign up your school, contact Meredith Diers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405.600.3174.
Supporting Arvest Bank’s Million Meals Campaign. During September, make a donation to help fight hunger at Arvest Bank locations to help them raise 1 million meals for our neighbors in need.
Shopping through Amazon Smile. When you do your shopping at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. For more information visit smile.amazon.com.
· Joining the Great American Milk Drive. With a simple click of a mouse (www.MilkLife.com/give), you can help get much-needed milk donated to a family who does not have regular access to milk. Donations are designated to local food banks by the donor’s billing zip code.
“I really enjoy volunteering at the Regional Food Bank and love how a couple hours of time can benefit people in need so much,” shared a recent Regional Food Bank volunteer.
For more information about Hunger Action Month 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 nearly 50 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 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. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 110,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of nearly 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 550 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.