By Shiryah Bar-Ness and Rachel Hyman
1 out of 6 people live in poverty.
17.2% of the population are at risk of going hungry.
1 out of 4 children go to bed hungry.
Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top 5 states in the number of people who are hungry.
Imagine going to sleep with nothing but an empty space and growing pain in your stomach. This may be a difficult scenario to envision because of our easy routine to simply grab a snack from the pantry or some leftovers out of the fridge. However, this is the tragic reality faced by 1 in 4 Oklahoman children daily. Despite these dire circumstances, one organization is trying to eradicate this statistic, as well as many others true to Oklahoma’s population. With 481,864,515 meals provided to hungry Oklahomans since 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is putting up a strong fight. On July 20 and 27, AJSS partnered with their inspiring staff and volunteers to continue making an incredible impact.