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Community Raises $4 Million to Fight Hunger

Holiday Match Inspired Oklahomans to Give

January 21, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanks to the million dollar Holiday Match from Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Carità Famiglia, L.L.C, more than $4 million was raised in December and January to fight hunger in Oklahoma.  These gifts will allow the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide more than 20 million meals for hungry families, children and seniors in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

“Giving back is an Oklahoma virtue and central to Chesapeake’s culture,” said Doug Lawler, Chesapeake Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to join Carità Famiglia, L.L.C. and the community in supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through this match so that no child, senior citizen or family goes hungry.” 

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous match, a dollar donation provided 10 meals to hungry Oklahomans.

“We want to thank Chesapeake Energy and Carità Famiglia L.L.C. for providing this incredible opportunity for our donors to double the impact of their gifts,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “The community response to the match was nothing short of miraculous!  These gifts will ensure that our neighbors have food on their table.

Last year, more than $3.5 million was raised through the match, which provided more than 17 million meals for hungry Oklahomans.  This year’s total represents a 15 percent increase over the previous year.

“I moved to Oklahoma with my two sons -- Bailey, 13, and Christopher, 4 -- in search of better opportunities,” shared a client of the Regional Food Bank.  “It was a struggle to find a job and we had to sleep in a shelter for a while.  I decided to create my own cleaning company and we were finally able to afford rent at a house of our own!  At first, we couldn't keep our kitchen stocked with the food we needed, but then we found a local food pantry and they helped us with food from the Regional Food Bank. Things are getting better for our family now.”

Together, we can solve hunger.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3136 to make a gift today. 

The Regional Food Bank is also in need of volunteers. Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, boxing bread, distributing fresh produce, packing Food for Kids bags and more.  The Regional Food Bank, which is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, accepts both individual and group volunteers.  To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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