Hunger is Not OK
Fighting Hunger During September Hunger Action Month
August 31, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - Sadly, one in seven Oklahomans may go to bed hungry tonight. It’s time to stand up to hunger and take action. Join the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and say “Hunger is not OK” this September by participating in Hunger Action Month.
Hunger Action Month is a nationwide effort to mobilize the public; bring greater attention to the issue of hunger; and promote different ways to get involved. Through Feeding America, the Regional Food Bank is joining more than 200 food banks across the nation to encourage the public to take action against hunger.
“For the first time in the history of the Food Bank, we have more food leaving our shelves than we have coming in - and that’s a scary trend,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Last year, we distributed 27 percent more food than the previous year. The need is greater now than ever before, and we encourage everyone to get involved during Hunger Action Month.”
Whether it’s volunteering at a local pantry or donating to the Regional Food Bank, there is something that every Oklahoman can do to make a positive impact in their community and fight hunger. Governor Mary Fallin has joined the fight against hunger and signed a proclamation naming September as Hunger Action Month in Oklahoma. Some of the ways you can get involved include:
- Donate to the Regional Food Bank. The non-profit’s administrative and fund raising costs are less than four percent. Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank will provide five meals to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.
- Download the Regional Food Bank’s “30 Ways in 30 Days” calendar. It is chock full of ways in which every Oklahoman can take that first step toward helping fight hunger every day of the month. The calendar can be downloaded from the Regional Food Bank’s website at regionalfoodbank.org.
- Oklahoma's Own Ride Against Childhood Hunger. On September 17th, join Stan Miller for a motorcycle ride from News 9 Studios in Oklahoma City to Forman Harley Davidson in Stillwater. The event begins with registration and breakfast in the News 9 parking lot at 7 a.m. Once in Stillwater, there will be an auction (including a Harley), prize giveaways, music and more. All donations benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Backpack Program (pre-registration for the ride required).
- Join Kraft Foods’ Huddle To Fight Hunger. For each Oklahoman who joins the Huddle to Fight Hunger, Kraft Foods will donate one meal to the Regional Food Bank. Kraft is also joining forces with Homeland to donate an additional 100,000 meals to the Regional Food Bank during Hunger Action Month.
- Participate in the Students Against Hunger Food Drive. This food and fund drives runs from September 26th through November 11th. For more information contact Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Volunteer at the Regional Food Bank. It’s a fun team-building experience for corporate groups; a bonding experience for families; and a great way for church groups to come together and give back to their community. Volunteer hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays; and by appointment. Groups of five or more people can call 405.600.3154 or email email@example.com to set up a volunteer appointment.
Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where nearly 600,000 people are food insecure. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week. The majority of those served by the nonprofit are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet.
“The Regional Food Bank simply couldn’t exist without our donors and volunteers,” said Bivens.
Join the fight against hunger; donate or volunteer today. For more information call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org. 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 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 460 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.