2014 Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive
Thanks a Million, Oklahoma!
Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Raised 7.3 Million Meals
Through the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which ran throughout the month of May, a total of 852,495 pounds of food and $1,331,781 was raised by Oklahomans to help with hunger relief efforts in Oklahoma. The donations will provide more than 7.3 million meals to hungry children, seniors, and families.
“Thanks to donations collected from the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, many of our neighbors will have access to food this summer,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “This food drive has achieved great success because of the support of the community, the sponsors, the volunteers and the letter carriers – all of which allow us to provide food for the hungry. We appreciate all that you do for the Regional Food Bank and the people we serve.”
More than 150 metro businesses joined post offices in nearly 130 cities for the food and fund drive. The following individuals and businesses were presented with awards to recognize their role in the food drive:
- Devon Energy Corporation -- raised the most money, the most meals and the most pounds overall by a company with 500+ employees, taking home two awards. Devon, and its employees, donated $1,112,000 to the food drive, which accounted for 76 percent of the total meals raised. In total, the organization donated 290 pounds of food and $1,112,000 which will provide 5,560,241 meals for Oklahomans.
- Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce -- raised the most meals by a company with 100 or less employees.
- Seagate Technology -- raised the most meals by a company with 100-499 employees.
- US Foods – raised the most pounds in the metro.
- Food Drive Chairs – The following individuals were recognized for chairing the drive: Bob Bearden, retired Letter Carrier; David Miller with Letter Carriers’ Union Branch 458; Jamie Crowe, assistant vice president at First United Bank and Trust; Phil Cook, vice president of strategic integration at Devon Energy Corporation; and Steve Riggs, retired letter carrier and board member at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
“We would also like to thank Devon Energy for sorting the non perishable donations collected in the metro from the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive,” said Bivens. “Through Devon’s ‘Stuff the Truck’ competition, employees assembled 6 trailers worth of food in one day! This saved us nearly $4,900 in labor costs.”
This year, the following cities participated in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva, Anadarko, Apache, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Beaver, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Boley, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Byng, Cache, Calera, Cashion, Central High, Chandler, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crescent, Cushing, Cyril, Davis, Del City, Dickson, Dill City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Frederick, Geary, Geronimo, Goodwell, Gracemont, Grandfield, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hooker, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Langston, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Luther, Madill, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, McLoud, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Minco, Moore, Mooreland, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Norman, Oakland, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Ponca City, Prague, Purcell, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shawnee, Spencer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, The Village, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Wayne, Weatherford, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.
The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is presented by Presenting sponsor, Devon Energy;Executive Sponsors: Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Accenture. The food drive is also sponsored by: AFL CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, BancFirst, Express Employment Professionals, Feeding America, The Grainger Foundation, Homeland Grocery Stores, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, La Zeta, LINN Energy, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Mercy, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, 93.3 – JAKE FM, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157, The Oklahoman, Paycom, Riverwind Casino, SandRidge Energy, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United Way of Central Oklahoma, the United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, and Valpak.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed nearly 48 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,100 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.
The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families living paycheck to paycheck. The Regional Food Bank is dedicated to “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.” For more information hunger in Oklahoma, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7111.
The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is sponsored by: