The only two food banks located in Oklahoma are joining together to raise awareness about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma.
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
The only two food banks located in Oklahoma (Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma) are joining together to raise awareness about the reality of hunger in Oklahoma. Together, they utilize their network – which spreads throughout the state – to advocate for programs and policies that ensure all Oklahomans get the adequate nutrition they need and deserve.
Each fall, every legislator in the state is invited to visit their local pantry. The food banks use these visits as an opportunity to showcase to legislators not only how charity and local businesses fight hunger in their community, but also how important federal programs are and which policies are affecting their residents.
The legislators meet with staff from the food banks and have a chance to sit down with families who are struggling with hunger, so they can better understand the struggles that real families – their constituents – are facing. They’re often surprised by the stories they hear.
Relationships are built over these yearly visits and food-insecure Oklahomans are better-off because of it.
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