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Planting Seeds of Hope

Fall Cleanup Picnic Makes A Difference for Hungry Oklahomans

October 12, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - In order for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Urban Harvest program to flourish this fall, volunteers are needed to prepare gardens for the growing season.  On Saturday, October 22 the community is invited to attend the Fall Cleanup Picnic to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.

This summer was rough on everyone, especially on those who rely on good weather for food production,” said Mason Weaver, director of Urban Harvest.  “This includes the children and senior citizens who benefit from our Urban Harvest program, but we’re looking forward to better conditions.  Come help us get our gardens ready to push forward into a better growing season!”

The Cleanup Picnic kicks off at 8 a.m. at the Regional Food Bank, located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City.  The schedule is as follows:

  • 8 a.m. to noon – Welcome from staff and work in the garden. Tasks include weeding, preparing garden beds, composting, cleaning and organizing. 
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Bring your lunch and your favorite picnic blanket for lunch in the garden. Mason’s famous spicy pumpkin dip and tortilla chips will be available for your tasting pleasure.
  • 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Learn about Food Bank operations and sustainable local growing on our facility tour, followed by a Q&A with Urban Harvest Director, Mason Weaver.

“Come for the whole day, or come when you can,” said Weaver. “This is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. The more people we have helping, the more prepared we’ll be to push forward in our fight against hunger.”

This volunteer day is a great family activity and all ages are welcome.  Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. Be sure to wear closed toe shoes and dress for the weather. Hats and sunscreen are recommended.

Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or contact Joe Hudson at jhudson@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.604.7108.

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 more than 800 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank distributed 46.1 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 414 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to learn more.


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