Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (RFBOK)
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.
One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food. The Regional Food Bank started the Food for Kids Backpack Program in January 2003 in response to hearing a firsthand account of an Oklahoma City elementary student who fainted on a Monday morning, while waiting in the school lunch line due to lack of food over the weekend. The Backpack Program provides a backpack of kid-friendly, shelf-stable and nutritious food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. The food for the backpack program is purchased in order to control the nutritional content as much as possible. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, the Backpack Program served nearly 18,500 chronically hungry elementary school students attending 514 schools in the Regional Food Bank’s 53-county service area. According to a survey of Backpack Program Coordinators, the program has reduced absenteeism, improved grades and behavioral problems among chronically hungry children.
When you select "domestic" in the drop down box at checkout, two bags will be donated to the Food for Kids Backpack Program. Click here, for more information about how the Regional Food Bank is fighting hunger in Oklahoma. You can also read more about them on their website at https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/
The Maisha Project
It started with a girl who received a sponsorship for education at the age of 9 in a small village in Kenya. That girl went on to do great things. She is Maisha founder Beatrice Williamson and her desire is to give others that same opportunity for education and a "hand up."
Maisha is the Swahili word for “LIFE.” The mission of Maisha is to transform lives and empower communities by providing lasting solutions to address poverty, hunger, disease and under-education. We accomplish that through projects such as Legacy of Hope education sponsorship, feeding, healthcare, empowerment, missions and more.
Maisha is determined to break the vicious cycle of poverty through its projects to enhance the quality of life for each child and their community. The impact is told one success story at a time and is collectively known as "The Maisha Story." The story began when Anna Lanson gave Beatrice a sponsorship for education. The story of transformation continues one person at a time thanks to a coalition of support. As Maisha keeps investing in people, hope replaces hopelessness and light overtakes darkness.
When you choose "international" in the drop down box at checkout, your purchase will provide two backpacks to children in need through Maisha. Learn more about how Maisha is working to end the cycle of poverty in Kenya at http://www.maishaproject.org/