As some of you may already know, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food For Kids Program is very close to my heart. In a country of such great wealth, I do not see why any child should ever have to go to bed hungry. With this in mind I set a goal in January to donate $5000 to the Food For Kids Program during 2010.
500,000 Oklahomans will wake up today and wonder where their next meal will come from. Oklahoma ranks as the sixth hungriest state in the nation, but thanks to donors, volunteers and advocates, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”
A few months back, in one of our Wilson Eat Wise weekly meetings, the “backpack program” was brought to my attention. Having attended parochial schools most all my life, I led a fairly sheltered existence on issues such as childhood hunger. To be quite honest with you, it never even crossed my mind. The very moment that it occurred to me that classmates of Fiona’s could be going to bed hungry each night, my eyes welled up as I fought back the tears. How can I always have a refrigerator full of leftovers and children who live within walking distance of me be going hungry. It isn’t right.