The Edmond Sun

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August 24, 2012

Fundraising match planned for Regional Food Bank

OKLA. CITY — Hunger must end before learning can begin. Through Sept. 30, thanks to the generosity of Trusted Choice — Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma, Top of the World and an anonymous family donor, all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $100,000.

One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger every day.

A $200 gift will support a child in Food for Kids for an entire school year. Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 1.4 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: the Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding and School Pantries.

Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food on Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays.

Last school year, more than 13,500 students in 475 schools participated in the Backpack Program.

The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students, who are identified by school personnel, with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving 42 middle and high schools in 13 counties and the Regional Food Bank expects that number to more than double, pending funding.

Kids Cafe, an after school and summer program, provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to about 1,000 at-risk children at 19 sites in central and western Oklahoma.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Food for Kids, or for more information about the program, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call Laura Glover at 604-7111. Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

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