Danny Cahill, Season 8 winner of The Biggest Loser, lost a jaw-dropping 239 pounds to become the “Biggest Loser Ever” just a few months ago.

Yesterday, Danny made a few media stops to talk about the Pound For Pound Challenge and hunger in Oklahoma. He plans to sign up for the Challenge to shed the seven pounds he gained over the holidays, and he’s feeling confident he can do it with the Boston Marathon training already underway. We managed to capture some video of the radio spots at KMGL and KOMA – so check them out, if you missed them.

After his media interviews, he stopped by the Regional Food Bank for a photoshoot with our Celebrity Council photographer, Samantha Lamb. For his Food Bank photoshoot, we weighed out 239 pounds of canned goods to show just how much weight Danny was able to lose. Imagine the impact that could have with the Pound for Pound Challenge! (Check out this video – photos to come!) He also met with staff who have signed up for the Challenge. Quite the standup guy!

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If you haven’t already, we all encourage you to sign up to get healthy and help Oklahomans in need! Sign up at http://pfpchallenge.com. For every pound pledged, General Mills and other corporate sponsors will donate 14 cents to Feeding America – enough to provide one pound of groceries to a local food bank. Feeding America will distribute the funds to local food banks based on the ZIP codes of consumers who participate in the Pound For Pound Challenge.

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is the Marketing Coordinator at the Regional Food Bank. Natalie manages social media for the organization. Connect with her on Twitter (@rfbo) and Facebook!
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25

Jan

Pound for Pound Challenge Update!


Oklahoma is currently in 24th place pledging more than 45,000 pounds to fight hunger through the Pound for Pound Challenge. Of that pledge amount, 29,950 pounds is from the Regional Food Bank’s service area and pledged by 906 individuals.  That is great – but folks – we can do better!

It isn’t too late to get involved. Think about your personal goal, pledge the pounds, and let your friends and family know! Together we can change our lifestyles and help those that need it most. Remember, you don’t have to constantly log your weight loss – all you have to do is PLEDGE.

Sign up for the Pound for Pound Challenge.

The Biggest Loser's Pound for Pound Challenge

If you would like to get more involved, join our Facebook group! Share your favorite recipes, work out tips, and success stories. It is always better to have the support of friends, families, co-workers, and neighbors! Anyone can create a team of Oklahoma’s Biggest Losers!

If you are at, or around, the Food Bank at noon on Tuesdays, join us as we talk about our weight loss journey. What is working, what isn’t. Ask questions, ask for help. Provide answers, provide insight, and provide support for each other! Weekly Lunch Chat at Noon, Tuesday, January 25th in the Food Bank’s staff breakroom.

Enjoy this bonus tip!

Curtis Stone’s Turkey & Veggie Chili

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, medium diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small red chili, seeded and small diced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large carrot, peeled and small diced
1 large celery stalk, medium diced
1 small yellow bell pepper, seeded and medium dice
12 ounces 1% lean ground turkey
4 medium size ripe tomatoes, medium diced
8 oz cooked white or black beans
4 cups baby spinach
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup plain fat free Greek style yogurt
Garnish with chopped chives or chopped cilantro)

METHOD

  • Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat, then drizzle with the oil.
  • Add the onion, garlic, and red chili and sauté for 2 minutes, or until tender.
  • Sprinkle the cumin over the onion mix and stir well, then add the carrot, celery, and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the vegetables begin to get tender.
  • In a separate sauté pan, brown the turkey in the remaining oil over medium high heat, and then transfer to the vegetable mix.
  • Add the tomatoes and the beans and cook for a further 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes have broken down and most of the liquid has evaporated.
  • Stir in the spinach and remove from the heat.
  • Season the chili to taste with freshly ground black pepper
  • Spoon the chili into serving dishes
  • Spoon a tablespoon of the yogurt onto each
  • Garnish with the micro cilantro and serve.

NUTRITION FACTS
Calories 280
Total Fat 7g
Sat Fat 1.5g
Cholesterol 35mg
Sodium 120mg
Total Carb 28g
Dietary Fiber 9g
Sugar 7g
Protein 29g

– By Melanie Anthony, Grants Manager

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony is a Development Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate and mother of two.
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22

Jan

Volunteer with Urban Harvest!


Urban Harvest is designed to make fresh fruits and vegetables more readily available to hungry Oklahomans and increasing food security through the core components of the program. Volunteers are needed to help with various Urban Harvest projects!

urban harvest

Red Dirt Soil Builders is a specialized volunteer group that meets Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers receive training on composting techniques and help move spoiled produce to the composting areas. Here the waste becomes a valuable soil amendment. A willingness to learn, get dirty and to do something green is required for volunteers.

This month, Urban Harvest will begin starting seeds in the greenhouse. Individuals and groups are needed to help start, propagate and care for greenhouse seedlings. In May, thousands of these plants will be distributed to our community gardens at no cost.

Are you interested in production gardening? Urban Harvest will begin planting cool weather crops starting in Mid February and will continue into summer crops through June. Get your hands dirty planting, caring for and harvesting vegetables that are used in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.

To sign up to volunteer, contact Bruce at bedwards@regionalfoodbank.org or 604-7108.

Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards is the Director of the Urban Harvest program, an urban agricultural program of the Regional Food Bank that works to increase food security by making fresh fruits and vegetables available to hungry Oklahomans.
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18

Jan

Disaster Relief in Haiti


As international relief groups respond to the earthquake aftermath in Haiti, Feeding America is closely monitoring the situation and preparing for any potential involvement that member food banks may need to undertake. Though as a network, domestic hunger as the primary focus, situations so close to our shores inevitably affect our work—everything from serving refugees to sharing wisdom with our peer international nonprofit organizations.

What Feeding America is Doing
Since the earthquake struck Haiti on January 12, disaster response staff members have been engaged in numerous conversations with food bank personnel, donors, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  These organizations are each conducting daily information-sharing calls on behalf of the Department of State (including the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the US Agency for International Development), which is the lead entity for response to Haiti.

Status of Federal Response
Unless the President of the United States declares a Stafford Act emergency, all reimbursements of response efforts will be made under the Economy Act via the State Department. Therefore, FEMA and State emergency managers cannot currently assign or direct others to act on their behalf unless individual agreements are established regarding reimbursement. Any “FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Teams” you read about in the news have agreements with the State Department to engage internationally. These and other federal government responses are currently focused on search and rescue.

The Potential for Significant Migration to the United States
The State Department and FEMA are preparing for a number of scenarios surrounding significant numbers of Haitian citizens migrating to the United States, but this is contingency planning and it is premature to speculate about how many people or exact locations a this time. There are, however, a few basic facts regarding travel to and from Haiti:

  • The federal government is anticipating that as many as 45,000 dual-citizenship individuals could enter the United States. The largest Haitian populations in the United States are in Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia and Atlanta. All of these areas are likely to see an influx of refugees seeking support from friends and family, and Florida and New Jersey are expected to be the areas of the most significant migration. The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida delivered food to Orlando International Airport yesterday evening. The food was provided to approximately 100 Haitian refugees who had earlier arrived at the airport on a charter flight.
  • As relief efforts enter the next phase in the coming weeks, the federal government is expecting a second wave of individuals migrating to the United States, largely comprising individuals whose lives have been so significantly affected by the earthquake that a fresh start in a new country is the most viable option.
  • Embassy employees are United States citizens and are thus able to return home immediately—many have begun to do so already. Fortunately, those who have returned home already have largely required only minor support thus far. Anyone seeking information about American employees in Haiti should contact the State Dept Bureau of Consular Affairs Overseas Citizen Services at 1.888.407.4747.

How You Can Help

Oklahomans are connecting on Facebook to provide information on fundraisers being held around the state. To find out about opportunities in your area, join the group OKLAHOMA’S DISASTER RELIEF EFFORT FOR HAITI, and monitor the conversation. You’ll hear about plenty of opportunities to get involved.

The response community is stressing that financial donations are strongly preferred to commodity contributions. Visit NVOAD (ww.nvoad.org), InterAction (www.interaction.org) or the Center for International Disaster Information (www.cidi.org). These  websites provide guidance on active organizations that are seeking support from the public.

The Red Cross is also accepting donations via text message to support their efforts in Haiti. Individuals can text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be provided to the Red Cross (a $10 charge will appear on the sender’s phone bill).

We encourage you all to be wary of solicitations, and before making an online donation via an unfamiliar organization’s website, individuals should consult the FBI website at http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel10/earthquake011310.htm

Steve Moran

Steve Moran

Steven Moran is the Vice President of Operations at the Regional Food Bank. Steven’s responsibilities include the areas of operations, planning, distribution, information technology, food procurement, food donor relations and disaster response among others. Additionally, Steven is immediate Past President of Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (OKVOAD) and currently serves as Treasurer.
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More than one hundred volunteers are out in our Volunteer Center right now serving the community in need by sorting food donations in honor of MLK Day of Service. We have volunteers from the UCO Service Learning Center, Casady Schools, Crossroads Church, and Vista AmeriCorps, and they are all doing their part to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by volunteering on this National Day of Service.

Here’s a quick message from one of our volunteers!

Check out photos from the Day of Service on our Flickr.

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is the Marketing Coordinator at the Regional Food Bank. Natalie manages social media for the organization. Connect with her on Twitter (@rfbo) and Facebook!
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15

Jan

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service


In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, people of all ages and backgrounds will come together to help improve communities and address some of our nation’s most critical needs: poverty, hunger, homelessness and education. Here at the Regional Food Bank, we are expecting a group of more than 150 volunteers to sort and pack boxes of food, which will be a tremendous help for our partner agencies and food pantries across the state.

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. Visit MLKDay.gov.

Because the Food Bank has had such a great response from volunteers, the AmeriCorps team that I work with at the Food Bank will be spending the holiday volunteering at another organization in need: Parent’s Assistance Center (PAC) in downtown Oklahoma City. PAC is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and family violence, and offers intervention programs, parenting classes and family therapy. Our six AmeriCorps members will be painting, cleaning and organizing, allowing the PAC to continue to provide these valuable services.

You, too, can volunteer for the 2010 Day of Service and make a real difference in your community. The Regional Food Bank is encouraging Oklahomans to make their Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “a day on, not a day off” by volunteering on Monday, January 18th at the Food Bank. There is still room in our Volunteer Center on Monday for volunteers to bag and box food, help with mailings and food drives, or assist in any way they can. To schedule a time to volunteer, call the Regional Food Bank of at 405.600.3154 or email volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org.

Or, to find another service project near you, visit MLKDay.gov.

- By Suma Ananthaswamy, AmeriCorps Member/Childhood Hunger Advocate

Suma Ananthaswamy

Suma Ananthaswamy

Suma Ananthaswamy is the Childhood Nutrition Advocacy AmeriCorps Member at the Regional Food Bank. Suma graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2009.
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14

Jan

How to help in Haiti’s disaster relief efforts


By now you have all heard about the tragedy that is unfolding in Haiti in the wake of yesterday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Please join us in extending your thoughts to people who are struggling in Haiti, as well as their friends and family members here in the United States and beyond.

Haiti earthquake 2010
An injured child at a Hotel in Port-au-Prince, Haiti Photograph: Ivanoh Demers/AP

While the Feeding America network of food banks is focused on domestic hunger, we should all recognize and applaud the efforts of our fellow non-profit, non-governmental, and faith-based organizations that are responding at this very moment. Many of these organizations are members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), as is Feeding America. NVOAD is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and InterAction, an organization that supports the coordination of international nonprofits, humanitarian relief organizations, and the Center for International Disaster Information.

If you are looking for an opportunity to help, please contact the following organizations:
• NVOAD: www.nvoad.org
• InterAction: www.interaction.org
• The Center for International Disaster Information:   www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/

Steve Moran

Steve Moran

Steven Moran is the Vice President of Operations at the Regional Food Bank. Steven’s responsibilities include the areas of operations, planning, distribution, information technology, food procurement, food donor relations and disaster response among others. Additionally, Steven is immediate Past President of Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (OKVOAD) and currently serves as Treasurer.
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13

Jan


Big thank you in order to K.C. Clifford!!

K.C. Clifford

She’s an incredibly talented singer/songwriter from our Celebrity Council (like Patty Griffin swapping secrets with Karen Carpenter & Anne Lamott) who just donated nearly $1,000 to the Regional Food Bank. During December, she held a pre-sale of her new album Orchid, and $5 of every album sale went to the Food Bank. Visit http://kcclifford.com to learn more about her!

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright

Natalie Wright is the Marketing Coordinator at the Regional Food Bank. Natalie manages social media for the organization. Connect with her on Twitter (@rfbo) and Facebook!
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07

Jan

Start the New Year right!


It’s the start of a brand new year, which means it’s time to kick any unhealthy habits we’ve developed and get back in shape. And lucky for you, there is a way for you to get healthy while helping Oklahomans in need!

In partnership with Feeding America, the NBC’s “The Biggest Loser”  is hosting 2nd Pound for Pound Challenge this year. General Mills will donate 14 cents per pound pledged on the Pound for Pound website

Our goal is to make Oklahoma the #1 pledging state in the nation! We need your help to pledge to take the Pound for Pound Challenge, and to let your friends and family know!

Check out this video from last season’s the Biggest Loser, which features a family who receives help from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food 4 Kids program.

Together we can change our lifestyles and help those that need it most.  Sign up for the Pound for Pound Challenge now!

For inspiration from our Challenge Champions, Danny Cahill (Biggest Loser Season 8 winner), Neill & Amanda Harmer (Biggest Loser Season 5 contestants) and (OKC) Mayor Mick Cornett, visit our Pound for Pound page!

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony is a Development Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate and mother of two.
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04

Jan

Take the Pound for Pound Challenge!


The Biggest Loser's Pound for Pound Challenge

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to shed some pounds this year?

The Pound for Pound Challenge is off and running across the nation as NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Feeding America have partnered to “Lose Nationally, Feed Locally.” For every pound Oklahomans pledge to lose online, General Mills will donate 14 cents to the local food bank.

Oklahomans are encouraged to watch The Biggest Loser every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on NBC to track the success of Pound for Pound pledges in their state.

To join the weight loss challenge and combat hunger in Oklahoma, visit www.PFPChallenge.com. Get sign up today!

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony

Melanie Anthony is a Development Manager at the Regional Food Bank. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate and mother of two.
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