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Regional Food Bank Seeks Volunteers for May 12th Food Drive

April 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma seeks hundreds of volunteers to help sort canned food donations from the Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 12 at 19 metro-area post office sites. 

“More than 500 volunteers are needed to help sort the projected 500,000 pounds of donations that we will receive in the metro-area on May 12,” said David Tester, manager of volunteer engagement at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “By sorting the food on site as the letter carriers bring it in from their routes, we can get it into the homes of those who need it that much faster.”

To volunteer, contact David Tester at dtester@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3154.

As part of the Letter Carriers Food Drive, residents in 100 cities in central and western Oklahoma are encouraged to fill a plastic donation bag with nonperishable donations and leave it next to their mail box by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th. Letter Carriers will deliver the donation bags the week of May 7th.

Most needed donations include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Monetary donations may also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org, by calling 405.972.1111 or texting “Can” to 27722 to make a $10 donation (data and message rates apply).  Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised a record 1,031,294 pounds of food and $1,061,072, which provided more than 8.2 million meals for hungry Oklahomans.  This year’s food drive is especially important, as food prices have increased as much as 30 percent and donations are typically down during the summer.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is presented by Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Devon Energy.  The food drive is sponsored by: AFL CIO; BancFirst; Campell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; Grainger; Homeland Grocery Stores; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Linn Energy; Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; the National Association of Letter Carriers; the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; News 9; OGE Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157; the Oklahoman; Oklahoma Natural Gas, a Division of ONEOK; 92.5 – KOMA; 93.3 – JAKE FM; 97.3 KKNG – King Country; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge; United Way of Central Oklahoma; the United States Postal Service; United Supermarkets; and Valpak.

Click here to view and download volunteer photos from the 2011 Letter Carriers Food Drive.

For more information about the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive, call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109, email againes@regionalfoodbank.org, 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 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 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 434 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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