News Roundup, June 20, 2016

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AutoZone Supports and Celebrates Feed the Children

AutoZone recently selected Feed the Children as a recipient of a 2016 AutoZone Regional Charitable Grant. The organization presented the $1,000 donation to Feed the Children representatives late last month at an AutoZone in Oklahoma City, home of Feed the Children headquarters.

Through AutoZone’s Regional Charitable Grant Program, AutoZone is proud to make charitable grants to two deserving organizations in each of its 53 regions in the United States each spring. AutoZoners from every region nominate deserving and effective community-based nonprofit organizations for a chance to be awarded a $1,000 donation from AutoZone.

Recently, an AutoZone employee in this region nominated Feed the Children for a 2016 AutoZone Regional Charitable Grant. Feed the Children was selected as a winner among hundreds of nominations.

“Feed the Children strives to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “We are honored to receive this donation from AutoZone as we work together in the fight to end hunger in our own backyard.”

“AutoZone’s unique and powerful culture has been at the foundation of our success. This culture is characterized by AutoZoners’ deep commitment to customer satisfaction, caring about people and giving back to our communities,” said Bill Rhodes, AutoZone Chairman, President and CEO, Customer Satisfaction. “We express our deep gratitude to our customers and to the communities we call home.”

Priority for awarding grants was placed on 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that address education, youth development, military support, public safety, arts access and health and wellness. We’re thrilled and humbled to receive this honor.

Feeding Minds as Well as Bodies

Oklahoma Public Schools in Woodward, Oklahoma teamed up with Feed the Children to help feed children in need. Last month, a box truck filled with children’s books was delivered to Woodward Public Schools. The truck was sponsored by the estate of Elizabeth Stevens.

The event is one of many Feed the Children has planned across Oklahoma this summer to help feed bodies, minds and futures through the FEED Caravan initiative. We’re providing support to children throughout the summer. Young people can experience learning loss during the months when they are not engaged in educational activities. Education is an important factor in breaking the cycle of poverty.

“Together, we can be good neighbors by providing books to children in need,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. “With Woodward Public Schools and a generous gift from the estate of Elizabeth Stevens, we can help those in our home state of Oklahoma.”

Summer Food and Fun in Oklahoma

More than 300,000 Oklahoma children do not have a stable source of nutrition during the summer months. Feed the Children is fighting to decrease that alarming number in its home state by participating in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program. This program was designed to improve the nutrition and health of American children by offering them easier access to food and education in the summer, when schools (and therefore school lunch programs) are out of service.

Last year, the program provided more than 39,000 meals across different feeding sites throughout Oklahoma. In addition, Feed the Children was able to provide more than 267,000 take-home meals to children and their families through private funding and corporate donors.

“With the summer months approaching, we need to think of the children who will go without their school lunch programs,” said J.C. Watts, Jr., president and CEO of Feed the Children. “Through our Summer Food and Education Program, Feed the Children will help feed bodies, minds and futures as we continue our mission to provide hope and resources to those without life’s essentials.”

Feed the Children’s Summer Food and Education Program not only provides nourishing meals, but also feeds children’s minds. Knowing that education can help to break the poverty cycle, the organization incorporates education into the program, providing free books at each site. By the end of last summer, more than 16,000 books were distributed. Children in the program also received school supplies and backpacks. Additionally, feeding sites received sports equipment to engage children in healthy sports and recreational activities. For more information and a list of sites, click here.

The FEED Caravan is Coming to Town

OU Athletics, Norman (Oklahoma) Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families teamed up with Feed the Children to lend a hand to Norman-area families last week. That’s when 400 families received food and essentials filling one Feed the Children semi-truck at the Lloyd Noble Center. Volunteers from OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools, the Center for Children and Families, and Feed the Children were on-site serving and assisting.

The event also included community organizations providing complimentary services and products to the families, including OKDHS, Arise Ministries, Variety Care, Choice Matters, Farmers Insurance, Moore Norman Technology Center, Cleveland County Health Department, ONIE, and free haircuts provided by Paul Mitchell students and instructors.

“We are honored to have partnered with OU Athletics, Norman Public Schools and the Center for Children and Families in the fight to end hunger here in our own backyard” said J.C. Watts, Jr., Feed the Children president and CEO. In Norman alone, 18 percent of families live below the poverty line and are unsure of how they will provide their next meal.

“Each year, we see an increase in students who qualify for free and reduced lunch,” said Norman Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. “We know summer months can be difficult for these children and struggling families, and we appreciate the resources Feed the Children and other community organizations have provided for families in our community.”

This event is part of Feed the Children’s FEED Caravan initiative. The FEED Caravan consists of Feed the Children semi-trucks traveling across the state providing food and books to children in need during the summer months. One in four children in Oklahoma face hunger, and the threat is even greater during the summer months when they do not have access to their school lunch programs. The FEED Caravan will give these children an opportunity to receive the essentials they deserve. Breaking the cycle of hunger gives children the chance to enjoy their summer like every child should.

Feed the Children Loves New York

Price Rite, in partnership with Feed the Children and ConAgra Foods, with support from Catholic Charities of Buffalo, are banding together to distribute food and essentials to 800 Cheektowaga-area families in need tomorrow. Each family, pre-identified based on need by Catholic Charities of Buffalo, will receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of basic essentials like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, and personal-care items; a box of assorted Avon products; and books. Families will also receive an additional food donation from Price Rite including produce and a variety of shelf-stable items. Other community partners will be onsite to provide information and resources for social services and other programs available locally to families. Volunteers will be on-site to assist the effort.

Price Rite contributes approximately $400,000 annually to local food banks and food pantries to benefit local families in need within the communities it serves. Heading into the second year of its partnership with Feed the Children, Price Rite will host eight to 10 events with the charity organization during 2016, donating more than 40,000 pounds of food and other essentials per event as part of the program.

Through its network of agencies, Feed the Children distributed more than $344 million in food, essentials, educational supplies and medicine, impacting close to 9 million people in the U.S. and more than 4.9 million individuals internationally, for a total of 13.9 million individuals globally in fiscal year 2014.