Food Bank volunteers sought

Special to the Altus Times

June 1 through July 29, any child 18 and under in Altus can receive complimentary meals this summer through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Summer Feeding Program at 118 sites in central and western Oklahoma.

“While most children enjoy summer break, many children in Oklahoma are going home to empty cupboards,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “During the summer, electricity bills are high. Parents, who rely on free or reduced-priced school breakfasts and lunches, also have extra financial stress of providing meals for their children. Thankfully, children can visit a Summer Feeding site to ensure they will have enough to eat.”

The Regional Food Bank will provide complimentary summer meals weekdays at the sites and times listed below. All sites are closed on July 4.

Bulldog Academy, operating through July 23, located at 317 S. Forrest in Altus. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Spirit of the Lord Equipping Center, operating through July 29, located at 1120 W. Wingfield in Altus. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Strong Tower Ministries, operating through July 29, located at 805 Martin Luther King in Altus. Dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information on the program visit or call 405-972-1111.

Summer meals are provided through support from the United States Department of Agriculture or USDA. Meals will be provided equally and without charge to all children age 18 and younger, regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Across the region last year, 93 summer feeding sites served nearly 6,500 students, an increase of 41 percent over the previous year.

Overall, more than 242,000 meals and snack were provided to children in Oklahoma last summer. The Regional Food Bank needs volunteers to pack fresh meals for children in its kitchen from May 31 through July 28.

Volunteer shifts are 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and both individual and groups are welcome. The nonprofit needs at least 25 volunteers per shift, each day, to ensure that the meals will be available for children over the summer.

Help fight childhood hunger by signing up to volunteer at or call 405-600-3160.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,250 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 600 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at

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