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AKiN'S "Checks Out Hunger" in Oklahoma City

February 3, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to donations from AKiN’S Natural Foods Market, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will provide more than 29,000 meals to the hungry in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.  Through the “Check Out Hunger” holiday program, Akins donated nearly $1,500 and 24,740 pounds of food to the Regional Food Bank to help fight hunger in the state.

"We are always glad to partner with the Regional Food Bank to help with the fight against hunger in our community,” said AKiN’S nutritionist, Mary Ann O’Dell, MS, RD.  "We thank all of our customers for their generous participation, making this a very successful Check out Hunger campaign.”

AKiN’S Oklahoma City customers were encouraged to add an additional $1, $5 or $10 donation to their grocery purchases in November and December.  The money raised will help the Regional Food Bank’s efforts to meet the growing demand for food assistance through its 450 partner agencies.  The nonprofit distributes enough food to feed more than 77,000 people each week, yet it is still not enough. 

 “The number of people seeking food assistance is greater now than any other time in the history of the Food Bank,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We are extremely thankful for this donation from AKiN’S and their customers.  It will mean the difference between having food and going without for many Oklahomans.”

Hunger in Oklahoma is a serious issue.  More than 500,000 Oklahomans are at risk of hunger every day, including: the working poor, seniors and children.  Oklahomans can help fight hunger by donating to the Regional Food Bank, where every dollar donated can provide seven meals to those in need.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.  Donate a portion of your refund to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma by checking the box for “Oklahoma Food Banks” on Schedule 511- G, a portion of your tax return. 

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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