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May


Quibids, Homeland partner to provide grocery shopping spree for two local families

Streamer- and balloon-clad shopping carts sped the aisles of a south Oklahoma City grocery store, May 10, as Quibids and Homeland partnered to make two families’ days a little brighter, and their grocery bills a little lighter.

As part of the Quibids Gives Back program, Quibids employee volunteers showed up at Homeland eager and ready to help two very deserving families on their $500 shopping sprees. And the fun didn’t stop there. Once the families made their way through the checkout lane, both families were presented an additional $250 Homeland gift card.

I’m honestly not sure who had a better time that day. Several Quibids volunteers played ball up and down the Homeland aisles with one of the family’s children and the others tallied, lifted, loaded and even carried groceries to the families’ cars!

I’m so grateful to have gotten to witness such an exciting event. It’s not always easy to decide where to spend your volunteer time or charitable dollars, but hunger is such a wide-spread need that has such a simple solution. If you haven’t been before, consider volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. It’s such an easy place to make a difference and see the impact you can make in our community.

The charitable support of the people and businesses in Oklahoma City always amazes me, and it makes me proud to call this city my home. I see that willingness to help time and again from companies big and small. And thanks to that same generosity from Quibids and Homeland on May 10, I know that at least two Oklahoma families with young children won’t have to face the pain of hunger tonight.

Marla Freeman
A Member of the
Regional Food Bank Development Committee

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May

Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive


Since 1993, letter carriers in central and western Oklahoma have collected more than 3.5 million pounds of food to feed the hungry. Last year, we collected more than 916,000 pounds.

On Saturday, help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving nonperishable food donations by your mailbox. All donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies throughout central and western Oklahoma. This effort is part of the 20th annual letter carriers food drive, the largest one-day food drive in America.

More than 675,000 Oklahomans are at risk of hunger every day. Letter carriers see the faces of hunger up close and personal. We’re often among the first to know when a family is struggling to make ends meet. We deliver the past-due and cutoff notices to neighborhoods that have families who are struggling to make ends meet.

The faces of hunger aren’t just the poor and the homeless. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, seniors living on fixed incomes and children. Many working parents find themselves living paycheck to paycheck and have to make difficult decisions about whether to pay their bills or put food on the table.

With one in four Oklahoma children going to bed hungry every night, we can’t afford to sit idly by. If children don’t eat, they can’t function cognitively, behaviorally or socially — and that puts the future of our state and country at risk.

The letter carriers food drive is successful because of its simplicity. All we ask is that you put nonperishable food items in a plastic bag and place it by your mailbox by 7 a.m. Saturday. Most needed are canned meats, vegetables and fruits, packaged meals and peanut butter. Your letter carrier will pick up your donations and take them to the post office, where the food will be sorted and delivered to the Regional Food Bank and partner agencies.

Letter carriers are supported in this humanitarian endeavor by the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the United Way, Campbell’s Soup Company, Valpak, the AFL-CIO, Feeding America and most importantly, the U.S. Postal Service.

Every can donated makes a difference in the lives of those who are struggling with hunger. Thank you for your support in helping us “Stamp Out Hunger” in Oklahoma!

 

James Bryant and Steve Riggs

Bryant is Oklahoma City postmaster. Riggs is past president of the Oklahoma City branch of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Read the article at newsok.com