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Make Your Tax Refund Count

Pay if Forward to Help Feed the Hungry

February 16, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - It’s easy to “pay it forward” this tax season.  If you are receiving a refund on your individual, joint or corporate 2011 Oklahoma tax return, you may now donate a portion of your refund to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. By checking the box for “Oklahoma Food Banks” on Schedule 511- G, a portion of your tax return can provide hope, in the form of food, to more families, seniors and children throughout Oklahoma. 

“Support in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma is vital now more than ever,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Our food supply is lower than it’s been in the last five years, due in part to a 40 percent reduction in national donations and an increase in food costs.  Please make a donation today to help feed those in need.”

During fiscal year 2011, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 46.2 million pounds of food and products to hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties.  Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank will provide five meals to hungry Oklahomans in need. 

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.  Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

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 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 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 381 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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