Oklahoma Missing Out on More than $400M a Year to Fight Hunger

“Going hungry means infants fall behind in brain development, older kids underachieve at school, and adults get sick or can’t work toward a better job.”

Experts discuss the widespread problem of hunger in Oklahoma

Featuring Chris Bernard, HFO Executive Director; Katie Fitzgerald, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma CEO and Leon Hill, Oklahoma City Public Schools executive director.

For media inquiries, contact Chris Bernard, Executive Director, chris.bernard@hungerfreeok.org, 918.264.0693


Find out about HFO’s Pilot Project. Story by OETA, featuring Chris Bernard, HFO Executive Director, as well as OSDE and Tahlequah Public Schools.


Chris Bernard, HFO Executive Director, speaks on an Oklahoma Watch Out panel on the impact of hunger in Oklahoma.


A Conversation with Chris Bernard, the Executive Director of Hunger Free Oklahoma, Public Radio Tulsa

Chris Bernard talks to Dr. John Schumann about the state of hunger in Oklahoma.

Hunger Free Oklahoma in the News.

Read news coverage highlighting Hunger Free Oklahoma team members and work.


TulsaPeople Magazine: BY THE NUMBERS

Hunger by the numbers. “nearly one in four Oklahoma children (24 percent) is food insecure, meaning they have limited or inconsistent access to adequate food.”

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.

New organization seeks to help tackle hunger in Oklahoma, The Oklahoman

“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.”

Study: Oklahoma missing out on more than $400M a year to fight hunger, NPR

“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.

Insights on the widespread problem of hunger, Oklahoma Watch

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.

OKCPS to provide free meals for every student next school year, KOCO News 5

“Officials announced Tuesday that next school year, all 44,000 students will be eligible for free meals at every school site, via USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision.”

Hunger in the News.

Read news coverage about hunger issues, opportunities, and improvements affecting Oklahomans.


Navy Veteran Brings Relief to Local Food Desert in NE OKC

Access to affordable groceries just got a whole lot easier for many residents in northeast Oklahoma City. A new Save-A-Lot will provide access to fresh foods for many in one of Oklahoma City’s food deserts, an area where many low-income residents are living more than a mile from the nearest grocery store. The store is owned by a group of military veterans who open stores in similar need-based locations across the country.

This App Helps Food Stamps Last Longer And Recipients Avoid Going Hungry, Forbes.com

Propel introduced an app that allows people receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)–the official name for the food stamp program– to check their balances over their smart phones, do budgeting and look for discounts at stores.

Ginnie Graham: Tulsan to testify to Congress how anyone might need food stamps

“The most difficult thing a man has to do is ask for help. It hurts,” Parker said. “When someone helps you, you don’t forget it. I will be paying it forward. It won’t take me long to get back on my feet. It’s all coming together now, but it’s taken a long time to get here. I just have to have a little money to get by right now.”

Hunger by the Numbers: How many football staduims..., OKPolicy.org

Imagine that on a Saturday afternoon this fall, everyone who experienced food insecurity in Oklahoma were all invited down to Norman and Stillwater to attend football games.

Nutrition Programs Merit Feds' Support

SNAP helped 874,873 Oklahomans (54 percent of whom were children), or 14 percent of all Oklahoma households, feed their families.

Oklahoma schools using food trucks to combat child hunger in summer months

El Reno Public Schools and Broken Arrow Public School are using food trucks to provide summer meals to kids.

West Tulsa nonprofit prepares for increased demand after closing of area grocery store, Tulsa World

“The closing of the only grocery store in a neighborhood west of downtown last month created more desolation in an already struggling area.”

State’s Participation in Summer Meal Program Declines

In 2016, the participation numbers in Oklahoma’s Summer Meal Program declined.