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The Regional Food Bank Needs You

Volunteers Celebrated During National Volunteer Week

April 11, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - This week is National Volunteer Week, and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma wants to thank the thousands of Oklahomans who dedicate their time to fighting hunger in the state.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 77,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.” 

 Nearly 25 businesses and organizations, like Devon Energy, Sodexo, and Chesapeake Energy, will volunteer this week to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.

Last year, thousands of volunteers donated more than 64,000 hours of service, saving the Regional Food Bank $1 million in labor.  This year, the nonprofit estimates that those numbers will climb to 80,000 volunteer hours.

Volunteers help the Regional Food Bank fulfill its mission of helping the charitable community through working in product recovery, assembly food boxes, at special events and more.

 “Without volunteers, we can’t get food to those who need it,” said Bivens.  “Donating a few hours of your time makes a huge difference in the life of a hungry Oklahoman.”

Individual volunteer hours are available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary.  Volunteering is also available on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through Rock ‘n Box, which is volunteering with a fun twist like Karaoke or a live band.  The Regional Food Bank is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. 

Groups of five or more can schedule a volunteer time by calling 405.600.3154. The Regional Food Bank can accommodate groups as large as 200 with advance notice and planning.

To schedule an appointment, or to volunteer, contact Jamie Treadaway at 405.600.3154 or e-mail jtreadaway@regionalfoodbank.org.  For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 386 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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