Working together for a hunger-free Oklahoma.
“I came home to Oklahoma because I believe hunger is a solvable problem and I had an opportunity to play a small role in creating that change in our state. Together we can end hunger in Oklahoma, thereby improving our education outcomes, the health of our citizens, and our economy.”Chris Bernard
Hunger Free Oklahoma exists to end hunger in Oklahoma.
Hunger Free Oklahoma works to bring a unified, statewide voice to the issue and solutions surrounding hunger, with a goal to ensure all Oklahomans have access to affordable, nutritious food. Hunger Free Oklahoma holds the core belief that hunger is solvable, unnecessary, and unjust, and it impacts everyone living in Oklahoma.
Hunger Free Oklahoma’s objective is to serve as a resource to existing efforts, facilitating collaboration, and providing technical assistance, data, and planning to expand nutrition programs and enrich efforts already in place. Hunger Free Oklahoma may also pilot efforts that have been successful in other states like Texas, Colorado, and Illinois. It will forge partnerships with successful national movements to leverage citizen engagement and resources for this cause. It will be a platform for hosting or coordinating local and national research efforts addressing hunger and the intersection of hunger and health, as well as hunger and educational outcomes. Hunger Free Oklahoma will ensure that research results are applied in action, and it will advance public-private partnerships to accomplish much of this work in an efficient and impactful way.
All Oklahomans have enough food every day.
Leveraging the power of collaboration to solve hunger in Oklahoma by improving systems, policies, and practices.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work together with government, private, and nonprofit sectors to ensure that every Oklahoman has access to three square meals a day, seven days a week.”Richard Comeau
“For example, about 80 percent of those eligible to take part in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) actually do so. Pushing that to 100 percent would translate to $227 million in federal funds being reimbursed to Oklahoma.”
“All of these things sort of add up and compile to have major negative impacts on our state outcomes in academic achievement, economic performance,” Bernard said.
Oklahoma Watch will sponsor a free “Oklahoma Watch-Out” public forum in Oklahoma City on May 3 on the issue of hunger in the state and whether the problem is getting worse.