Norman Regional Health System and Feed the Children are partnering to bring No Hunger Holidays to 800 Cleveland County families during the season of giving.
The organizations are teaming up for two events which will provide food and essentials to 400 families in Moore and 400 families in Norman. Distribution events are scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. each day. They will be held at Brookwood Baptist Church (8921 S. Walker Ave.) on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Norman High School Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Dec. 19.
Families have been pre-identified by local schools and will receive a 25-pound box of food; a 15-pound box of daily essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items; as well as additional products.
“Norman Regional’s mission is to be the leader in health and wellness care for our community and we strive to fulfill this mission inside and outside our hospital doors,” said Richie Splitt, President & CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “Chronic hunger is a major health issue for children and adults. We are partnering with Feed the Children to remove hunger as a barrier to overall health and well-being. Working together we want to ensure a happy, and healthy holiday season for families living in the communities Norman Regional serves.”
The No Hunger Holidays campaign was designed to help children and families during the holidays, as well as bring awareness to the important issue of childhood hunger. With more than 12 percent of Cleveland County residents living below the poverty line, holidays can be a stressful time for families. It can be especially difficult once school is out for the holidays, leaving children food insecure - without a source for consistent meals.
Feed the Children has planned No Hunger Holidays events in multiple communities across Oklahoma and around the U.S. as part of its campaign to transform hunger into hope during this season.
“We are honored to bring a brighter holiday season to families in the Moore and Norman communities,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “We are not only providing food and essentials to these families—but also hope. Hope is made possible thanks to generous partners, such as Norman Regional Health System, who play a vital role in helping us create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.”
Visit feedthechildren.org/nohungerholidays to learn more about the No Hunger Holidays campaign and find out how you can participate.
About Norman Regional Health System
Norman Regional Health System is a multi-campus system that serves the healthcare needs of south central Oklahoma. It is currently comprised of an acute-care facility, Norman Regional, on Porter Avenue, and the Norman Regional HealthPlex, located on Interstate 35 and Tecumseh Road in Norman, OK. Norman Regional Hospital is licensed for 324 beds and offers a full range of services including emergency care, oncology, an intensive care unit, surgery and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex campus is licensed for 136 beds. It features the services of cardiovascular, spine and orthopedics, women’s and children’s and more. The Norman Regional HealthPlex is also the home of the Chest Pain Center and the HealthPlex Heart Hospital. In 2016, the Health System opened Norman Regional Moore, which houses an Emergency Room, physician offices, imaging, lab, physical therapy and more.
Norman Regional Health System also provides outpatient diagnostic centers, medical transport services, physician services, centers of excellence, durable medical equipment supplies, a primary care network, community wellness service and employer health services. It has grown to employ more than 2,700 people, who the organization calls ‘healers’ and has 356 physicians credentialed on the Medical Staff.