Religious group seeks ways to end hunger issues in Oklahoma

A forum called “Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma” will be Aug. 11 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, a covenant church with Bread for the World.
by Carla Hinton Modified: July 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm •  Published: July 28, 2012
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Making sure all people have adequate food should be a priority for faith communities.

So said members of a group of civic and Christian leaders who plan to gather Aug. 11 to discuss ways to combat hunger in Oklahoma and around the world.

The “Fighting Hunger in Oklahoma” forum will be at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 5024 N Grove in Warr Acres.

Margaret Phipps, a pastoral associate at the church, said the parish has partnered with Bread for the World to tackle poverty concerns for about 25 years. In the past 15 years, the church has been a “covenant church” with the group, which means church members regularly pray about hunger and educate themselves about issues surrounding it. They also give their time and resources to help end hunger, she said.

Phipps said the public is invited to the forum to hear experts on the topic.

Speakers include Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma; the Rev. William Tabernee, executive director of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches; Richard Klinge, associate director of advocacy, outreach and legal service with Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City; and Keaton Andreas, a regional organizer for Bread for the World, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that champions the rights of the impoverished.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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