Norman Regional Health System and Feed the Children are partnering to bring No Hunger Holidays to 400 Norman families during the season of giving. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov.16 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church (801 N. Peters Ave.) and will provide children and families with much-needed food and essentials.
Each family, pre-identified by Wilson Elementary School, will receive a 25-pound box of food; a 10-pound box of daily essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, lotion and personal-care items as well as toys, books and additional products. These items will help to bring relief as well as a brighter holiday season.
“We call Norman Regional employees healers and their healing extends beyond the walls of our facilities,” said Richie Splitt, President & CEO of Norman Regional Health System. “We know when people are hungry, they can’t heal, they can’t focus on their wellbeing. By collaborating with Feed the Children, we are removing hunger as a barrier for the people we serve. I’m so proud of our healers for the work they do to help those in our community.”
As the holiday season approaches, too many people – including more than 17% of Norman residents living below the poverty line - find themselves exhausted and without essential resources. 2021 has been a difficult year for our most vulnerable children and families who have faced widespread hardship and uncertainty because of the pandemic’s far-reaching effects. In the U.S., nearly 1 in 6 children is now estimated to be food insecure.
Feed the Children, a leading nonprofit focused on alleviating childhood hunger, is holding its annual No Hunger Holidays campaign to help children, parents and caregivers fill the gap during this challenging time. The organization plans to deliver two million meals in November and December to families who need them.
“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry, especially during a time full of warmth, love and sharing,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “But the reality is, millions of children face this hardship every day. Thanks to our generous partners at Norman Regional Health System, we are able to help these families rest a little easier knowing they don’t have to worry about where their next meal is coming from this holiday season.”
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.