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Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation Contributes to Childhood Hunger Endowment

April 7, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is pleased to announce a two-year, $100,000 gift from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation toward its Childhood Hunger Endowment. The Childhood Hunger Endowment was established with an initial gift of $25,000 from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation in 2008 and has now grown to more than $150,000. 

“Childhood hunger is an issue that we should all be concerned about,” said Tony Boghetich, Rapp Foundation trustee.  “The Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation was honored to initiate the first gift to the Childhood Hunger Endowment and will continue to support the Regional Food Bank’s commitment to fight childhood hunger in our state. We hope that others will join us and make a contribution to the endowment fund to sustain those efforts.”

Oklahoma is ranked as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where more than 500,000 people struggle with hunger. The Regional Food Bank distributed more than 36.5 million pounds of food and products in fiscal year 2010 in its efforts to feed hungry families, seniors and children and expects that number to increase to more than 42 million pounds this fiscal year.

“With one in five children in Oklahoma at risk for hunger on any given day, this Childhood Hunger Endowment is an important step toward addressing the issue on a long-term basis,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “By creating and funding this endowment, the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation has demonstrated their commitment to fighting childhood hunger in Oklahoma.”

The Regional Food Bank operates programs like Food for Kids and Kids Cafe in order to meet the needs of chronically hungry and at-risk children.  Food for Kids provides a backpack filled with kid-friendly, nutritional food every weekend throughout the school year for chronically hungry elementary school children who were getting little, or nothing, to eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday morning.  The program is currently serving nearly 10,000 children in 347 elementary schools in 49 central and western Oklahoma counties.  Kids Cafe is an after-school safe haven for at-risk children where they can learn life-skills, receive help with their homework and be fed an afternoon snack and/or meal.  There are currently 16 Kids Cafe sites serving more than 800 children.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org.  To learn more about the Childhood Hunger Endowment or to make a donation to the endowment call 405.972.1111, extension 116.  Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 388 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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