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Food Banks Already Needed Help Before Tornado Struck

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, a member of the Feeding America network of food banks, is currently helping with disaster relief efforts for the areas devastated by recent tornadoes.

But even before the tornado cut a mile wide swath of destruction through Moore, OK, on Monday (May 20), more than 675,000 Oklahomans are at risk of going hungry every day. The state is listed as the “fifth hungriest” in the nation. According to Feeding America survey:

-One in four children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger.
-Of households experiencing hunger, less than 20 percent are classified as unemployed. More than one-third are disabled and/or retired, while the remaining 46 percent have at least one working member.
-More people are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, than any other time in Oklahoma's history and unemployment is at a five-year high.

During fiscal year 2012, the Regional Food Bank, which is located in Oklahoma City, distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and products to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties. Since 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food. supports Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks through contributions from The Hunger Site.

Damage south of Oklahoma City reported by Wall Street Journal:

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