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Advances Bill to Create the Oklahoma Task Force on Hunger Rice
When others in the Legislature are trying to make it harder for
"We should do more to make higher education a greater possibility for all
He explained currently through the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also called
“We can’t ignore this problem any longer. We rank near the bottom five in the country for hunger,” said Rice, D-Oklahoma City. “I don’t think the general public realizes what a hunger problem we have - and I would put myself in that group until recently. For instance, we have an issue in Oklahoma known as “food insecure” which means there are people that get three meals a day, but they’re not nutritious or filling and therefore not meeting the medical benchmarks of being sufficient. This needs to be addressed.”
According to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, half a million Oklahomans are at risk of going to bed hungry, including one in five children, and the numbers are increasing at a disturbing rate.