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Local food banks host Anti-Hunger Day at the capitol

Posted at 6:31 AM, Feb 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-25 07:31:47-05

TULSA, Okla. — Local food banks and volunteers are heading to the capitol Tuesday for Anti-Hunger Day.

The organizations have a lot of work ahead of them as they hope to meet with every single legislature, and advocate for policies that will help families living in poverty and hunger.

As one of 11 states with a hunger rate above the national average, Greg Raskin with Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, believes there’s more to be done.

It’s why he, along with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Hunger Free Oklahoma, are taking to the capitol.

They hope to not only educate lawmakers about the severity of the issue, but also to discuss policies that could have a major impact for thousands of families.

One is to make the earned income tax credit refundable.

“The legislature had to take that away a few years ago when the state budget was really tight and we’re hoping they’ll make it refundable again," Raskin said. "It’s one of the best anti-poverty programs that we can think of that the state can take action on immediately.”

Raskin said Oklahoma has a large population of people who have low paying jobs and struggle to make ends meet.

He believes this plan could make a big impact.

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