I first heard about the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma when I was in National Honors Society in high school. Every once and awhile, I would sign up to volunteer on a Saturday morning to help give back and, honestly, to earn NHS points. Still, I remember having fun with my friends as we packed boxes. Fast forward to the present day and here I am working as a marketing intern for the organization.
Ever since college, I knew that I wanted to work in the nonprofit industry. I wanted to feel like I helped people on a daily basis, even if I was just sitting in an office all day. I’ve always believed that everyone plays an important role in any organization—from the interns all the way to the CEO. People tend to forget this fact, but here at the Food Bank we embrace it.
This experience has taught me so much about the mission of the Food Bank and myself. I have seen up close how many sacks of food are sent out per day for our Summer Feeding Program, as well as the many people who come to our partner agencies for meals, like at the Grace Rescue Mission. By seeing the people we serve, I am able to put faces to our cause, which makes working here more meaningful.
By the end of my work days, I feel like I have helped people. Yes, I’m in the office all day, but like I said before that doesn’t mean I don’t help people. Some of us do our best work in the office, while others do their best work by helping stuff the backpacks for our Backpack Program, which last year helped 13,500 children that are chronically hungry. And others do their best work by getting out and volunteering. Without our volunteers, the organization wouldn’t be what it is today.
The Regional Food Bank has exceeded by expectations because every employee and volunteer works together to achieve our one goal: to stop hunger in Oklahoma.
I’m looking forward to the many experiences coming my way.
Donations are still coming in from post offices, but so far the total collected during the Letter Carriers Food Drive is 785,000 pounds of food! Big thank you to all the letter carriers, event sponsors, volunteers and donors who contributed to the success of the food drive!
As a part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, we’d like to take a moment to say thank you for volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma! We invite you to attend a special Volunteer Appreciation Night on Wednesday, April 21st, from 4 to 8 pm. in the Volunteer Center.
Join us for this Open House & Open Volunteering event! Staff will be on hand to welcome guests, answer questions and give tours. Snacks and beverages will also be provided.
We hope to see you there!
9:48 AM on Tuesday, April 20th, 20102 Comments
This week, we are recognizing our most loyal volunteers each day with the Devon Energy Volunteer Spotlight recognition.
John Watson has been volunteering with us every Tuesday and Thursday for almost two years. Since March of 2009, he has given us more than 227 hours, making him one of our dedicated individual volunteers! John works well with the groups that come in, and really takes leadership by showing volunteers how to accomplish our goals. Big thank you to John for his continued support!
The Dale Rogers Training Center (from left to right): Debbie Ladd, Rajean Walker, Tyrone Holloway, Paula Walton, Jeanna Fast and Jake Corum.
As a vocational training and employment center, the Dale Rogers Training Center has been providing service to Oklahoma businesses and charities for over 50 years! The Dale Rogers Training Center group volunteered 677 hours in the past year and put in more hours every month per person than most volunteer groups! They always work hard, bring a positive attitude and are a joy to work with! THANK YOU to Dale Rogers Training Center!!
5:01 PM on Tuesday, March 30th, 20101 Comment
11:39 AM on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010No Comments
On Saturday, Walmart Supercenter employees sorted 93,425 pounds of food at the Food Bank! In addition to their volunteer time, Walmart donates $500 for every five associates that volunteers 5 hours of time to the Food Bank, so the effort will also result in a donation of nearly $15,000 through their Volunteering Always Pays program.
View more photos on Flickr.
Big thank you to Walmart and all their employees for helping to fight hunger in Oklahoma!!
12:19 PM on Monday, January 18th, 2010No Comments
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.
Because of your generosity, in Fiscal Year 2009, the Regional Food Bank:
- Distributed more than 28.5 million pounds of food to those in need – a 15% increase over the previous year.
- Served nearly 8,000 chronically hungry elementary school children in 263 schools in 38 counties through our Food 4 Kids backpack program.
- Expanded the Summer Feeding program to 45 sites, including rural Oklahoma.
- Provided a safe haven and an afternoon snack or meal for more than 850 children through our Kids Cafe sites.
- Increased the Senior Feeding program to 30 sites.
- Delivered food throughout the Regional Food Bank’s service area via the Regional Delivery System, making approximately 1,000 deliveries per month to nearly 350 delivery sites in urban and rural Oklahoma at no cost to our partner agencies.
- Initiated the Walmart Supercenter and Neighborhood Market Product Recovery Program in late January, with 53 authorized Walmart locations – resulting in more than two million pounds of food collected and distributed.
- Completed fundraising and construction of our Building Expansion – Volunteer Center, adding 36,600 square feet of additional freezer, dry storage and volunteer work space.
- Welcomed thousands of volunteers who contributed over 47,000 hours of service – saving the Regional Food Bank more than $900,000 in labor costs.
- Provided enough food to feed more than 63,600 hungry Oklahomans each week.
- Kept our administrative and fundraising costs below 5%.