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The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides healthy snacks for children at risk for hunger. (Provided)
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  • The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides healthy snacks for children at risk for hunger.

Childhood hunger meets its match with community programs

In order for kids to achieve at any activity, they must have their most basic needs taken care of. Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is on the front lines of that battle, providing school-age children in Oklahoma with nutritious meals and snacks for the school day as well as to take home.

Now, Top of the World, a Norman hat manufacturer, and three local families who wish to remain unnamed have upped the ante for raising money for hungry kids. Through Sept. 30, they will match every dollar donated to this worthy cause, up to $100,000. You have until the end of September to make twice the impact, and every cent counts. For more information or to donate, contact regionalfoodbank.org or call 600-3136.

Also, the Rotary Club of Moore Education Services Committee will host Taste of Moore to raise money for Moore Public Schools backpack program and school food pantries. The event at Moore High School Commons will feature over 30 metro restaurants, including Himalayas, Hollie’s Flatiron Steakhouse and Earl’s Rib Palace. Tickets are $15 in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, contact Janie Milum at 794-5977.

Kevin Durant has paired with Kind. (Shannon Cornman / File)
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  • Kevin Durant has paired with Kind.

It’s cool to be Kind

How does he find the time? Kevin Durant was just building a school playground at the new Plaza Towers Elementary in Moore, he has got a sweet deal with Nike and he’s the NBA Most Valuable Player this year.

In his free time, he’s the face of Kind brand nutritional snack bars in an initiative called Strong and Kind. The program aims to teach school-age children kindness as a strength. It asks individuals to sign a pledge to be kind, and Kind is donating $1 million to the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation.

The money will be used to help the charity fund educational and after-school programs for at-risk youth. Five special flavors of Kind bars, which include new savory flavors like Thai sweet chili and jalapeno, are available at local Homeland grocery stores. To find out more about the program and take the pledge, visit strongandkind.com.

Myriad Botanical Gardens (Mark Hancock / File)
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  • Myriad Botanical Gardens

Whole Foods gives back

Here’s one more reason to feel superior about shopping at Whole Foods Market, 6001 N. Western Ave.: not only does it offer many one-of-a-kind items, it gives back to the community in a big way.

Once a quarter, the store donates a percentage of its sales to a nonprofit organization. Wednesday, Aug. 27 is Community Giving Day at Whole Foods, and the benefactor this quarter is Myriad Botanical Gardens.

The gardens, a 15-acre stretch of paradise in the center of downtown Oklahoma City, is host to year-round fun and educational activities for children and adults and home to the beautiful Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Go ahead and feel even better about shelling out the extra bucks for that artisanal goat cheese.

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