For Immediate Release

April 7, 2017
Media Contact: Joe Dorman; jdorman@oica.org or 405-892-9205

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill to Alleviate Food Insecurity

Child Advocates Applaud Lawmakers, Governor

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy (OICA) today applauded state lawmakers and Governor Mary Fallin for successfully passing and signing into law a bill aimed at alleviating food insecurity among children.

House Bill 1875, signed today by Gov. Fallin, makes it easier for schools to participate in food drives and distribute food to Oklahomans-in-need. It permits school districts to donate unused or unopened food to an on-campus nonprofit organization through an authorized representative or designee who is directly affiliated with the school as a teacher, counselor or PTA member. The food may be received, stored and redistributed at the school at any time, and school employees may assist in preparing and distributing the food as volunteers for the nonprofit organization. The bill was authored by state Rep. Jason Dunnington, Rep. Eric Proctor and Sen. AJ Griffin.

“One in four Oklahoma children struggle with hunger and do not know where their next meal is coming from,” said OICA CEO Joe Dorman. “This bill will make it easier to help those children by strengthening partnerships between food banks and schools and removing unnecessary and burdensome red tape. My thanks go out to Representatives Proctor and Dunnington and Senator Griffin for their good work on this legislation, the many lawmakers who supported it, and Governor Fallin for signing it into law. I would also like to thank the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for working to build support for this bill.”

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