Loaves and Fishes in Guymon sees increased need for assistance

Loaves and Fishes in Guymon is experiencing an increase in the need for food assistance and relies on its partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fill the gap.“We have seen a gradual  increase in the last three years: a 39 percent increase in the number of families.” said Lynette Taylor from Loaves and Fishes.Oklahoma ranks as one of the top five states in food insecurity and the Regional Food Bank works with local feeding programs, like Loaves and Fishes, to distribute food and other products to those in need. The majority of people that the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies serve are children, seniors living on fixed income, and working families who cannot make ends meet. Loaves and Fishes is a part of the network of over 825 charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western counties that feed over 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week.“If not for the Food Bank,  we would have to cut back on the amount of food we give.  We appreciate the amount of food we can buy or receive free from the Food Bank,” Taylor said.Loaves and Fishes serves about 1600 families each month and is located at 310 E 1st Street in Guymon. The nonprofit is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4p.m.Loaves and Fishes is not alone; partners of the Regional Food Bank are seeing a 30 to 50 percent increase in the need for help compared to this time last year. Partnerships like the one between Loaves and Fishes and the Regional Food Bank are crucial to providing hungry Oklahomans the food they need and ending hunger in our state.For more information about Loaves and Fishes and other agencies in your area, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call (405) 972-1111.