Chris Bernard, HFO Executive Director, speaks on an Oklahoma Watch Out panel on the impact of hunger in Oklahoma.
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Chris Bernard: Oklahoma, your friends and neighbors are hungry, and you can do more to deal with it, Tulsa World
One in four children in Oklahoma is hungry. One in six Oklahoma households experiences hunger. Oklahoma is last in the nation at feeding children over the summer. These aren’t just statistics; these are your friends and neighbors unable to access a basic human need.
“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.