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Jersey Mike's Sandwiches Take a Bite Out of Hunger

Raises More Than $26,000 to Fight Childhood Hunger

May 9, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to Jersey Mike’s Subs, and its customers, more than $26,431 was raised to fight hunger for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids programs.  This will sponsor 132 children in the program for an entire school year, which includes feeding children over Summer Break.

“One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “No child should have to worry where their next meal will come from.  Thanks to the Jersey Mike’s promotion, we can ensure that more children will receive adequate nutrition during the summer months when school meals are not available.”

During the month of March, customers made donations to the Regional Food Bank at metro-area Jersey Mike’s restaurants.  On March 28, as part of the nationwide “Make A Difference Day,” Jersey Mike’s customers enjoyed a free regular sized sub in exchange for a minimum $2 contribution to the nonprofit’s Food for Kids program. 

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 46,000 children every week through partner agencies and its Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: 

  • Kids Cafe, an afterschool and summer program, provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to approximately 800 at-risk children at 19 sites in central and western Oklahoma. 
  • The School Pantry program provides food pantries in middle and high schools in central and Western Oklahoma.  Currently, more than 40 school pantries provide food for up to 900 students each month.
  • The Backpack Program started in 2003 when an elementary school student passed out while waiting in the school lunch line on a Monday morning - all he had eaten over the weekend was a hot dog without a bun.  In nine years, the program has grown to assist more and more chronically hungry children. Currently, the program serves more than 12,000 chronically hungry children in 476 schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma 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.

For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

(Click to download - From left to right: Jersey Mike’s Franchise Owners Billy Allen, Justin Gray, Scott Warfel, Alex Shelton, Sonia Shelton, and Jamie Wills; Laura Glover from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma; and Jersey Mike’s Franchise Owner Shawn Willis).

(Click to download - From left to right: Jersey Mike’s Franchise Owners Alex and Sonia Shelton and Laura Glover from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma).

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 438 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

About Jersey Mike’s

Jersey Mike’s, a sub sandwich franchise with more than 600 stores open and under development nationwide, has a long history of community involvement and support.  Started at the Jersey Shore in 1956, Jersey Mike’s serves authentic East Coast-style subs on fresh baked bread – the same recipe it started with over 50 years ago.  The company’s mission is to bring its customers the highest quality, freshest made sub in the industry and give back to the communities in which it operates. A store locator and franchise information for Jersey Mike’s can be found at www.jerseymikes.com.

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