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Hunger must end before learning can begin. Through Sept. 30, the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Benvenuti’s Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors have offered to match all gifts to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids program, up to $150,000!

Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided nearly 3 million meals to chronically hungry children through the Food for Kids childhood hunger program, which included the Backpack Program, School Pantry Program, Kids Cafe and Summer Feeding Program.

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. During the 2016 - 2017 school year, more than 21,000 students in 500 schools participated in the Backpack Program. That’s an additional 3,000 chronically hungry elementary school children joined the program last year alone.

The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over weekends. The School Pantry Program ended last school year serving nearly 5,465 students at 165 schools.

The Kids Café is an after-school program provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities to more an average of 3,000 children each month at 34 sites in central and western Oklahoma.

The Summer Feeding program provides meals to children 18 and under over the long summer months when free and reduced price meals are not available at school. Over the summer, more than 120 sites in central and western Oklahoma provided meals to children struggling with hunger.

To make a tax-deductible donation to Food for Kids visit foodforkids.us or call 405-972-1111. Thanks to the generous match, every $100 donated will support a child in the program for an entire school year.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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