The Edmond Sun

April 1, 2013

Foundation presents $15,000 challenge grant to food bank


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day, and one in four Oklahoma children will go to bed hungry tonight. Oklahomans can help fight hunger and double the impact of their gift to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma thanks to a $15,000 challenge grant from George Kaiser Family Foundation.

“Fighting hunger in Oklahoma is a key step in breaking the cycle of poverty in our state,” said Ken Levit, executive director of GKFF. “Hunger affects all aspects of an adult or a child’s life — if someone is hungry, they aren’t able to focus at work or school. It’s a basic need that must be provided in order for people to lead healthy, productive lives. We are proud to provide this challenge grant to an organization that offers an essential service for Oklahomans in need.”

From now until April 30, GKFF will match first-time and increased donations to the Regional Food Bank dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000. The funds will support the Regional Food Bank, which distributed 42.2 million pounds of food during fiscal year 2012 to families, seniors and children struggling with hunger in Oklahoma. For every $1 the Regional Food Bank receives, they are able to return five meals to hungry Oklahomans. This donation could provide up to 150,000 meals if the public is able to contribute the full match.

“The community has always been very generous and responsive to challenge grants and we hope they will rally to meet this matching grant opportunity,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “It is a wonderful way to stretch every dollar and feed twice as many hungry Oklahomans.”

To contribute to this challenge, visit http://rfbo.regionalfoodbank.org/goto/GKFF or call 604-7111.