Graceway Baptist Church Joins Regional Food Bank to Help Feed the Hungry
October 5, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma welcomes the Graceway Baptist Church in Oklahoma City to its network of more than 450 partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma. Thanks to this new partnership, Oklahomans, especially Spanish-speaking residents, will have more access to emergency food assistance.
“One in seven people in Oklahoma will struggle with hunger today,” said Susan Marshall from Graceway Baptist Church. “As a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank, we will be better able to serve the hungry in our community. Our main focus will be serving the Spanish-speaking population and we have interpreters at our locatiOn that will assist those in need.”
Graceway Baptist Church is running the food pantry at the Parkview Village Apartment Homes, which is located at 2211 S Kentucky Place, is open every other Monday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
“According to a recent survey of clients served by the Food Bank and our partner agencies, an average of nearly 10 percent of clients primarily speak Spanish,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Adding Graceway Baptist Church to our agency list will allow the Food Bank to better serve the Hispanic population in Oklahoma City.”
Nationwide, food banks are seeing a significant increase in the number of Hispanic households seeking emergency food assistance. Nearly 3 million adults are Hispanic, representing a 66 percent increase over four years.
More than 600,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 90,000 people each week. During Fiscal Year 2011, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record-breaking 46.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 825 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
Help fight hunger in Oklahoma today. For more information contact the Graceway Baptist Church at 405.691.1934 or the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma at 405.972.1111.
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 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 414 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.