Thanks to the Backpacks with a Purpose or B-WAP program, for every backpack that is purchased from a website, two backpacks are donated to nonprofit organizations — one of which is the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids Backpack Program.
“We are very thankful for this partnership, which will allow us to further grow our backpack program to feed chronically hungry elementary school children in our state,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.
According to Natalie Price of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, people in her organization then fill the backpacks with nutritional food to give to those who might otherwise go hungry.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the backpack program served nearly 18,500 elementary school students attending 514 schools across 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. This provided more than 2 million meals for chronically hungry children.
In Jackson County alone during the 2014-2015 school year, 232 children in eight schools participated in this program. Schools included: Altus Intermediate School, Eldorado Elementary School, Olustee Public Schools, Rivers Elementary School, Roosevelt Elementary School, Sunset Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Will Rogers Elementary School.
To purchase a backpack visit B-WAP.com. For more information call 405-600-3136 or email regionalfoodbank.org.