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Bishop McGuinness Raises Record-Breaking 112,500 Pounds of Food

Donation Provides Hope and Food to Oklahoma Neighbors This Winter

November 15, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The results are in for the students at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School. After collecting donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive, the school has exceeded their goal of raising 80,000 pounds of food.  In total, students collected 112,500 pounds of food for hungry Oklahomans this winter.

Statewide, nearly 200 schools participated in the Students Against Hunger Drive. While results from schools are still rolling in, the Regional Food Bank reports Bishop McGuinness collected the most pounds for the ninth year in a row.

“The food collected from the schools will help fill the shelves of local pantries, and in some cases, school pantries that provide chronically hungry middle school and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We want to thank the students for stepping up to help us fight hunger in Oklahoma once again.”

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week.  The majority of those served by the nonprofit are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet.  Yet, it is not enough to meet the need.

It’s not too late to make a difference this holiday season. Between November 15 and January 15, your gift will have twice the impact, as Chesapeake Energy Corporation and a caring local family have teamed up to match every dollar donated up to $1 million! Now, every dollar donated will provide 10 meals to those in need.  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405.604.7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org. 

The Students Against Hunger food drive is presented by the Oklahoma County Bar Association – Young Lawyers Division, Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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