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$115,000 Raised to Fight Childhood Hunger

Supports 575 Students in Food for Kids Backpack Program

May 2, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - The 24th Annual Chefs’ Feast, presented by Chesapeake Energy, raised $115,000 for the Food for Kids Backpack program, which will support 575 elementary school students in the program.  The money was raised through ticket sales, a live auction, raffle sales, a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life Insurance Company, and a $5,000 grant from the MDRT Foundation on behalf of Sherry Barton.

The Backpack program provides chronically hungry elementary school children with a backpack filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year. Currently, the program serves nearly 10,000 chronically hungry children in 367 schools in 49 central and western counties.  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. 

One in five children in Oklahoma will struggle with hunger today.  The Backpack Program helps alleviate childhood hunger.

“One of my students was upset because her family had to give away their dog because the family couldn’t afford to pay for his food,” said one Backpack Program coordinator.  “The little girl was worried that she might be given away next.”

A $200 donation will support a child in the Backpack Program for an entire school year.  For more information on the Backpack Program, contact Lisa Perry at lperry@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.600.7154. To learn more about Chefs’ Feast, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Photo: New York Life check presentation (From left to right: Sherry Barton from New York Life presents a $10,000 check to Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma).

Photo: View photos of food, guests, and Chefs from Chefs’ Feast.

The Regional Food Bank thanks the following restaurants for donating their services and expertise to Chefs’ Feast:105degrees , Aunt Pittypat’s Catering; Big Truck Tacos, Cafe 7, Casady,  Cheever's Cafe, Chef's Requested Foods, Faculty House, University of Oklahoma, HSC, Gages Steakhouse, Iguana Mexican Grill, INTEGRIS Southwest, Iron Starr Urban BBQ, McNeal's Catering, Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante & Bar, Pachinko Parlor, Platt College, RED Prime Steak, Republic Gastropub, Rococo, Sara Sara Cupcakes, Sodexo at Southern Nazarene University, The Coach House, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, The Ranch Steakhouse, The Tasting Room, Trattoria il Centro, Will Rogers Theatre, Waterford Marriott, and West.

Mahalo to the following Chefs’ Feast sponsors:  Presenting Sponsor Chesapeake Energy Corporation, 7 Up,  92.5 KOMA, B.C. Clark Jewelers, Chef’s Requested, Devon Energy Corporation, Distinctly Oklahoma Magazine, Event Planning by Leilani, Inc., Glazer’s Oklahoma; The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, Ideas In Ice, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Natural Water Company, News 9, The Oklahoma Gazette, QuickPrint, Southwest Airlines, Trawick Photography, Trochta’s Flowers and U.S. FoodService.

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 391 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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