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Hunger Hits Homes This Holiday Season

Hungry Students Turn to Food Bank to Fill Bellies Over Break

December 13, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY –   For many low-income families, the free and reduced-price school meal program alleviates the stress of buying groceries and packing lunches. But when school is out for break, many of these children are left wondering where their next meal is coming from.  Thankfully, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Parks and Recreations, churches and other civic organizations are partnering together to provide lunch and snacks to students over the winter break.

From December 17 through 21, any student 18 and under can receive a free lunch and snack weekdays at the following locations:

  • Britton Christian Church, located at 922 N.W. 91st St., is serving lunch at 11:30 a.m.
  • Douglass Recreation Center, located at 900 Carverdale, is serving lunch at 12:30 p.m. and snacks at 4 p.m.
  • Downtown YMCA, located at 1st N.W. 4th St., is serving lunch at 11:30 a.m. and snacks at 3:30 p.m.
  • McKinley Park, located at 1300 N. McKinley Ave., is serving lunch at 1 p.m. and snacks at 4 p.m.
  • Minnis Recreation Center, located at 12520 N.E. 36th St., is serving lunch at noon and snacks at 2 p.m.
  • North Side YMCA, located at 10000 N. Pennsylvania, is serving lunch at 12 p.m. and snacks at 3:30 p.m.
  • Pilot Recreation Center, located at 1435 N.W. 2nd, is serving lunch at 1 p.m. and snacks at 3 p.m.
  • Pitts Recreation Center, located at 1920 N. Kate, is serving lunch at 1 p.m. and snacks at 3 p.m.
  • Schilling Recreation Center, located at 601 S.E.25th St., is serving lunch at noon and snacks at 4 p.m.
  • Sellers Recreation Center, located at 8301 S. Villa, is serving lunch at 2:30 p.m. and snacks at 4:30 p.m.
  • Southern Oaks Recreation Center, located at 400 S.W. 6th St., is serving lunch at noon and snacks at 3 p.m.
  • Urban League, located at 3900 N. MLK Ave., is serving lunch at 12 and snacks at 4 p.m.

The Regional Food Bank is also tackling hunger over winter break by providing elementary school children on the Food for Kids Backpack Program with extra sacks of food and serving children through partner agencies. 

Through the Backpack Program, elementary school students receive healthy, kid-friendly meals over the weekends throughout the school year.  Before receiving help from the program, many of these children had very little or nothing to eat between school lunch on Friday and school breakfast on Monday.

Statewide, one in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger and doesn’t know where their next meal is coming from. 

The Regional Food Bank is dedicated to “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”  Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma.

Be a part of the solution.  Through January 15th, Chesapeake will match all donations made to the Regional Food Bank - up to $1 million! Gifts to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids programs can now help twice as many children struggling with hunger. To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405.604.7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org. 

Download photos and videos of the students who benefit from Food for Kids.

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 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 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 463 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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