- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has raised more than $3.6 million to fight childhood hunger in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Funds raised through the organization’s holiday match program exceeded its fundraising goals. Money was donated by Chesapeake Energy Corp., the Cresap Family Foundation and countless Oklahomans.

One in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food. The donations will continue to provide food for chronically hungry children in elementary, middle and high schools throughout central and western Oklahoma. Research shows that children living in food-insecure households have more difficulty concentrating in school than children in food-secure households.

Traditionally, the food bank provides five meals for every dollar donated. But due to the generous holiday donations, each dollar contributed will provide 10 meals to hungry Oklahoma children.

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