Kevin Hagan is president and chief executive officer of Feed The Children, one of the country’s largest nonprofits. The organization is based in Oklahoma City and recently became the parent agency for World Neighbors, another international nonprofit with a similar mission.
Q. What will the biggest change be in the Oklahoma City metro area, in terms of the agencies that aid the homeless and poor?
A. As the metropolitan area population continues to increase, we would expect to see a greater need for services to help the homeless and poor. We would envision that a multitude of agencies, collaborating to combine resources, will work together to provide those services.
Q. How do you define progress and what would you like to see occur among the network of organizations that aid the homeless and indigent in Oklahoma City in order to see progress made?
A. At Feed The Children, we define progress through our vision — that no child or family goes to bed hungry. To reach that goal, it is imperative that all service providers work in collaboration to effect meaningful change in the lives of those they serve.
Q. Where is the most potential?
A. The most potential lies in our most valuable resource, which is the people of this city. It takes individuals on their own block, in their own neighborhood and across city boundaries, to get involved in taking on the problems of homeless and hunger. Continuing to mobilize volunteers, getting companies to be good corporate citizens by taking on projects to improve their hometown and of course, by churches continuing to band together to provide inspiration and support for those less fortunate.