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Falling Leaves Fight Hunger

Regional Food Bank Hosts Fall Leaf Drive

November 28, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is hosting a bagged leaf drive for its Urban Harvest Program.  Donations can be dropped off at the Regional Food Bank, located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

“The donated leaves will be used in our compost piles, which fertilize our gardens and provide a nutrient-rich soil amendment for production, while diverting garbage from landfills,” said Mason Weaver, director of Urban Harvest.  “Instead of throwing away leaves, drop them off at the Regional Food Bank and help fight hunger through Urban Harvest.”

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.

Currently, Urban Harvest works with 30 community gardens to frown fresh produce for hungry Oklahomans.  Last year, 7,000 seedlings and 650 packets of seeds were distributed to the community to fight hunger. 

By presenting educational activities on site at Kids Cafe programs, Urban Harvest engages children with limited resources in the food cycle and growing process.

Urban Harvest utilizes organic growing practices to produce fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables year round.   All produce from the gardens is distributed to low income senior and childhood nutritional programs.  In 2011, Urban Harvest began working closely with the Kids Cafe program, which provides mentoring, tutoring, and more to at-risk children.  This year, more than 1,200 pounds of fresh produce from the Regional Food Bank’s garden has been fed to students who participate in Kids Cafe.  The nonprofit also distributed used locally gleaned peaches and community garden donated turnips and onions to the children. 

For more information about Urban Harvest, contact Joe Hudson at 405.604.7108 or jhudson@regionalfoodbank.org.

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.

Through January 15th, Chesapeake will match all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank - up to $1 million! With the match, every dollar donated will provide 10 meals to those in need.  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405.604.7111 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 461 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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