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AWG Charity Golf Tournament Fights Childhood Hunger

More Than $10,000 Raised for Food for Kids

October 31, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than $10,000 was raised from the Associated Wholesale Grocer’s Annual Employee Appreciation Golf Tournament. The money will go to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's Food for Kids program.  Thanks to this generous donation, 54 chronically hungry elementary school children will benefit from Food for Kids this school year.

“At AWG we have a strong sense of responsibility to do what we can as a corporate citizen to help eliminate hunger, particularly when it comes to children,” said Jeff Pedersen, senior vice president and division manager at Associated Wholesale Grocers.  “The golf outing was a fun way to involve our employees and suppliers in this worthy cause.”

Last school year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 1.4 million meals to chronically hungry children through Food for Kids childhood hunger programs: Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding, School Pantries and the Backpack Program, 

  • Kids Cafe, an after school and summer program provides food, mentoring, tutoring, and a variety of other activities for children at 23 sites in central and western Oklahoma.
  • The School Pantry Program provides chronically hungry middle and high school students with food to sustain them after school and over the weekends. 
  • Through the Backpack Program, children receive a backpack full of kid-friendly, non-perishable and nutritious food every Friday to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. 

“No child should ever go to bed with the pain of hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We want to thank Associated Wholesale Grocers for their commitment to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids program. Their generosity will impact the lives of many chronically hungry children.”

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2012, the nonprofit distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.

To make a tax-deductible donation, or find out more information about Food for Kids, call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

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 458 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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