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Oklahoma Pork Council Feeds Hungry Oklahomans

October 22, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanks to the Oklahoma Pork Council (OPC) and Blue and Gold Sausage, 7,500 pounds of sausage were donated today to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. This donation will provide 30,000 four-ounce servings of pork to Oklahomans in need.

“Oklahoma’s pork producers are proud to partner with the Regional Food Bank again this year to make sure hungry Oklahomans have access to high-quality, nutritious protein,” said Roy Lee Lindsey, Oklahoma Pork Council executive director.  “The Food Bank plays a central role in directly helping tens of thousands of hungry citizens in our state and Oklahoma’s pork producers look forward to helping in that effort each year.”

The donation from okPORK is a part Governor Mary Fallin’s Third Annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive.  The goal of the drive is to raise 1.2 million meals to help feed hungry families, children and seniors this holiday season.

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week.  In August, the nonprofit distributed more than 3.4 million pounds of food.  Yet, it is not enough. 

“It’s no secret that Oklahoma’s strong agricultural sector helps feed the world, but there are still many of our neighbors who don’t have enough to feed their families every day,” said David McMullen, okPORK president and pork producer from Minco, Okla.  “We work very hard to produce high-quality pork right here in Oklahoma, and it’s very special to be able to partner with the Regional Food Bank to help out thousands of our fellow citizens in need.”

Donations of pork, and other high-protein foods, are especially valuable to the Regional Food Bank because they provide healthy, nutritious options to hungry Oklahomans.

“Blue and Gold Sausage is proud to play a part in this donation again in 2012,” said Brett Ramsey. “Blue and Gold Sausage Company was founded with the idea of helping our local communities and organizations. Supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and feeding hungry Oklahomans certainly continues that mission.”

Join the fight against hunger by participating in the Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive, which runs through Nov. 15.  For a complete list of participating businesses, or to make a monetary donation online, visit www.feedoklahoma.org.  All donations are tax deductible and will benefit hungry Oklahomans.  For more information, email feedingoklahoma2012@yahoo.com.

Learn more about Oklahoma’s pork industry by calling 405.232.3781 or visit okpork.org.  Connect online with okPORK at facebook.com/Okpork or twitter.com/Okpork.

View and download photos of the donation.

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 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 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 457 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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