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Chesapeake Energy Corporation Donates $1 Million to Fight Hunger

Largest Corporate Gift Ever Received by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

January 18, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - Inspired by a successful community-wide fundraising campaign, Chesapeake Energy Corporation today announced the increase of its 2011 commitment to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to a total of $1 million. This donation is the largest corporate gift in the organization’s history, which will help provide an additional seven million meals for hungry Oklahomans this year. 

“We are thrilled to receive this generous gift from Chesapeake,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director and founder of the Regional Food Bank. “Chesapeake has been a constant supporter of our efforts to fight hunger in Oklahoma for many years and in many ways. A gift of this magnitude will make a huge impact on our ability to feed more families, seniors and children in our state. We are grateful beyond what mere words could ever express.”

The demand for food assistance is at an all-time high, with more than 500,000 Oklahomans at risk of hunger every day. According to a recent report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), more than one in five Oklahomans have experienced times in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy food. Oklahoma is currently ranked as the fifth hungriest state in the nation.

 “After learning the latest statistics about Oklahoma’s hunger gap, Chesapeake felt compelled to do more,” said Martha Burger, Sr. Vice President – Human & Corporate Resources at Chesapeake. “Our company has a proud history of supporting the Regional Food Bank – from employees volunteering to pack boxes to hosting fundraising campaigns on our campus. However, today’s need is so great that it required an increased level of support to help fight hunger in our communities.”

During fiscal year 2010, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 36.5 million pounds of food and products to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties. The Regional Food Bank expects its annual distribution total to climb to as high as 42 million pounds during fiscal year 2011.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org, call 405.972.1111, or text OK to 27722 (data and message rates apply).  Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

(Above: Chesapeake Energy volunteers pack food pantry boxes at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.)

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 374 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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