This summer, we received a grant that has allowed us to purchase an additional 4.2 million pounds of product to help the hungry in Oklahoma. The product is in our warehouse, but can’t be distributed until volunteers help assemble the Emergency Family Boxes. Per the stipulations of the grant, it all has to be distributed before the end of September.
On Tuesday, July 27th, we are hosting a special Big Truck Taco Volunteer Night 5:30 – 8 pm at the Food Bank (located near the airport in OKC at 3355 S. Purdue). We would love for you, your friends and your family come out that night and help us assemble the boxes that will help needy families!
The Big Truck Taco truck will be selling tacos outside from 5:30-6:30. Once you’ve had some grub, head inside to help assemble boxes. We promise you’ll go home feeling great about what you’ve accomplished in two short hours!! Hope you can make it.
Need a reminder? RSVP on Facebook.
We need you tomorrow! We have 217 pallets of product to go out to needy families next week. Open volunteering from 9-12 and 1-4. We are located at 3355 S Purdue near the airport. You can just show up!
If you aren’t available tomorrow, we hope you’ll come out volunteer sometime this summer. We need your help now more than ever! The Regional Food Bank will distribute an additional 3.8 million pounds of food and 697,867 pounds of household products in upcoming summer months. We have extended volunteering hours to accommodate!
Contact me 600-3154 if you have any questions. We hope to see you soon!
Don’t forget: leave your nonperishable food donation by your mailbox on Sat. by 7 am for the Letter Carriers Food Drive! For more details on the food drive, click here!
4:29 PM on Tuesday, April 20th, 2010No Comments
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s childhood and senior hunger programs received a 12,500 pound donation of almonds from GiveBack2God, an international hunger-relief nonprofit co-founded by Oklahoma City Thunder Coach Scott Brooks.
Brooks and friend Mike Kooyma grew up in an almond-growing community in Lathrop, Calif. and worked together in the almond orchards in high school. The two were well aware of the nutritional value of the nutrient-rich snacks, which provide a good source of both vitamin E and protein; in 2009, the two co-founded GiveBack2God in an effort to fill the nutritional void that exists for many families struggling with hunger. GiveBack2God provides individual servings of healthy, nutritious almonds from Kooyma’s almond orchard to food banks and disaster-relief organizations around the world.
Big thank you to Scott Brooks as he continues his battle with the LA Lakers in the NBA finals!
11:18 AM on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010No Comments
MIO Coalition has set a goal to sell 1 million paper towel rolls by the end of the month. A portion of the sales benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program, which provides nearly 8,000 chronically hungry elementary school children with a backpack filled with nutritious, kid-friendly food on weekends and holidays throughout the school year.
Join the “Eat Up” with food prepared by Good Egg Dining Group, a member of the MIO Coalition. DJ Dan from Oklahoma Party Patrol will provide the tunes. Oklahoma’s own Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson Faram and Project Runway’s Johnathan Kayne will be joining in the festivities, so come by for autographs and photos! Senator Andrew Rice will also be in attendance to help celebrate this local initiative.
Purchase MIO paper towels for $2 to play a round of paper towel bowling for a chance to win an MIO gift basket (valued at $150). Win additional free entry in the raffle every time you make a strike!
The first 100 attendees will receive a Made in Oklahoma goodie bag, which includes MIO coupons, a Tastefully Oklahoma cookbook and information about the coalition and the Regional Food Bank. The event will also include giveaways of gift cards to Good Egg Dining Group restaurants, including Red Prime Steak, Iron Starr BBQ and Cheever’s Restaurant.
With nearly 1 in 4 children across the country struggling with hunger, our nation is in crisis. These children don’t have access to adequate nutrition to live healthy, active lives.
Support the Regional Food Bank, Feeding America and our partners at ConAgra Foods during the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign through the end of May.
Rally your neighborhood with a block party, bake sale, garage sale or picnic to raise awareness and dollars to support the Regional Food Bank and Feeding America in the fight against child hunger in your community.
After your event, make your donation online – all donations will stay in the local community.
12:53 PM on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010No Comments
I really love acting as a Coordinating Chef for the Chefs’ Feast every year. I’ve been involved with this event so long that even Rodney Bivens (the Regional Food Bank’s Executive Director) looked young back then. (Then again, so did I!) That first year that I was involved, we were expecting about 275 guests. Boy, have times changed. This year, we are expecting more than 800 people to attend!
I encourage you all to come out and taste what the chefs have prepared, while keeping in mind that the money raised will help sustain the Regional Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids program throughout the year. The Food 4 Kids backpack program is particularly important to me – it ensures that the chronically hungry kids on the program have something good to eat during the weekends and school holidays. We hope to raise enough money this year to be able support 250 kids through the program. Even though nearly 8,000 children in 263 elementary schools participated in the program last year, there are still thousands of children who need this help.
The theme this year, Food Fight at the OK Corral, will fit right in with chefs and their excellent dishes. How can you go wrong with so many amazing chefs, the incredible restaurants they represent, and this amazing cause? Come out and sample some of the finest food in the region.
Get your ticket and/or table now before it’s too late by contacting Angie Gaines today at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-604-7109! We’re hoping for a sell-out event !