27

Apr

Volunteers Give Us Hope


I’m a country girl. No doubt about. I love driving out of the city everyday on my commute into the country where the houses are set acres apart. That’s just who I am. If the gas prices weren’t so high I would enjoy my commute to and from the Food Bank even more. It’s a time I can decompress before I start my other full time job as mother and wife.

This time of year the landscape and season changes are always interesting to watch and observe on my commute. Recently on my drive home, I begin to admire the dark rich green wheat fields. How could you not, when everything around is still so brown. Trees are just starting to bloom and the grass is still so ugly. You drive along after looking at dead vegetation and see beautiful carpets of green wheat. It’s so refreshing after coming out of the winter months, waiting on spring colors to erupt. It gives you hope.

Those green wheat fields give you hope that spring and summer are truly here and around the corner. And we won’t be seeing that deathly brown until mid-July when the sun has baked our vegetation to well-done

Our Volunteer Center is a lot like those green wheat fields this time of year. You just walk-in to the Volunteer Center and it’s filled with hope. People come into the Volunteer Center daily to help make hope happen.

Our motto at the Food Bank is “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.” Monday-Saturday, (even some Sundays) in our Volunteer Center we are Feeding Hope. Our volunteers show up in droves and become the green wheat fields of hope you see right now, along the road ways of this great state. It’s a beautiful thing!

First off, thank you volunteers for choosing to serve with us at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Second, if you’ve never been personally invited to serve with us, consider this your invitation to be a part of the Hope that takes place daily in our Volunteer Center. Come serve alongside us as we Fight Hunger and Feed Hope.

Jamie Treadaway

Jamie Treadaway

Jamie Treadaway is the Volunteer Recruitment AmeriCorps Member at the Regional Food Bank. Contact Jamie at 405-600-3154 or jtreadaway@regionalfoodbank.org to sign up to volunteer!
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19

Apr

Kids Love Strawberries


Hoop House Strawberries are here and the kids are going mad for them!

I took our first bounty of strawberries from the hoop house stacker system (good job Bruce!) to Lambuth JETS Kids Cafe yesterday after school. They didn’t know I was coming, so it was a real surprise when I showed up with 12 pounds of fresh picked strawberries. We went on a strawberry eating bender, played freeze tag (I lost), had a talent show (I was the judge) and got some great pictures of it all. We talked about how fruit grows, where it comes from and why strawberries from the store are sometimes very sour. Between a dozen kids they ate through about four pounds of strawberries! Site director Donna Jones kept 2 pounds to eat fresh the next day, froze 4 pounds and divided the rest into baggies for the kids to take home. Thanks to the magic of our passive solar hoop house and Bruce’s amazing stacker pots, the Lambuth JETS had the earliest strawberry festival in Oklahoma this year.

*10 year old Soli took all the pictures – She’s pretty good at it.

Mason Weaver

Mason Weaver

Mason Weaver (AmeriCorps Member) is our Urban Harvest Director. Mason returned to Oklahoma last year to teach kids about healthy food and pursue his passion for sustainable market gardening. He believes that teaching a child to grow, harvest and cook their own vegetables will make ours a more just and equitable society.
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13

Apr

Youth Helping Hungry Families


The Diamond Hats came together and held a Food Drive at the Youth Expo this year and collected 723 lbs of non perishable food items. The Seiling FFA came on board with the Diamond Hats and donated their show hogs for 1,250 lbs of meat. In total, this will supply over 1,500 meals to hungry Oklahoma Families. Thank you for your donation.  You’ve truly inspired many to help.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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07

Apr

Giving Just Became Easier Than Ever


Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember to find the time to volunteer or remember to write an extra check to donate. It’s not that I don’t want to, but sometimes I get so wound up in my to-do list for work and at home that the extras that I want to do get overlooked. When I realize that I haven’t given my time or money in so long, I get frustrated with myself because there are so many people that depend on people like me to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Recently the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma joined SwipeGood. This program lets you sign up a credit card to have your purchases be rounded up to the nearest dollar. This change can then be designated to be donated to the charity of your choice. It’s an easy way to make sure you give to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma!

If you’re worried about going over your credit limit or spending too much in one month, don’t worry. SwipeGood lets you set a monthly limit to how much is rounded up, and they also send monthly transaction reports and round up amounts so you can see how much impacting you are having in helping the Food Bank.

Also, on Thursday and Friday, April 7th and 8th, SwipeGood is donating $10 for every new user who signs up to use SwipeGood for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. So to me, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll sign up my card to round up my purchases for the Regional Food Bank and I’ll get SwipeGood to donate $10, which will be 70 meals for the hungry just by me signing up. I hope you sign up too!

Sign up for SwipeGood.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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06

Apr

Chefs’ Feast a Success!


I had a great time at Chefs’ Feast on Thursday. I’ve never had so much fun at a charity event before. I talked with some awesome people and ate some delicious food. Because of the generosity of the guests, we were able to raise nearly $115,000 for the Food for Kids backpack program.  Check out my video below. I’ll see everyone again next year!

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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