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Businesses Band Together to Fight Hunger

Food Drive Benefits Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

April 11, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro-area businesses to join the fight against hunger by participating in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive in May.  The goal of the drive is to raise more than $1 million and 1 million pounds of food for hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties.

“The Feeding Hope Food Drive is way for Lopez Foods to show their support of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.,” said Brecklyn Ferrell, Feeding Hope co-chair and Lopez Foods employee.  “As a food company, we understand the importance of food in our everyday lives and how it provides essential daily nourishment for our mind & body. Being an Oklahoma Company, it is important for us to support our neighbors, our friends and families who are affected by hunger. We should all be focused on what we can do to better serve this state in the fight against hunger.”

The drive kicks off April 29 and runs through May 24.  More than 150 businesses are expected to participate in this food and fund drive.  The Regional Food Bank provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide, an online donation form, and other resources for participants.  Businesses are also encouraged to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank, tour the facility, or invite a spokesperson to talk to their staff about hunger in Oklahoma.

To participate in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive signup online at regionalfoodbank.org or contact Samantha Wilson at swilson@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.600.3143.

As part of the drive, there is also a one-day food drive with Letter Carriers’ from nearly 130 cities in central and western Oklahoma.  On Saturday, May 11 letter carriers will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route. 

Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405.604.7109.  Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is presented by Executive Sponsors Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.  The food drive is sponsored by: AFL CIO; BancFirst; Campell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; Homeland Grocery Stores; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; La Zeta, Linn Energy; Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy; the National Association of Letter Carriers; the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; Natural Gas & Energy Association; News 9; 107.7 KRXO; 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; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge; Seagate Technology; Telemundo; Tyler Outdoor;  United Way of Central Oklahoma; the United States Postal Service; United Supermarkets; and Valpak.

Thanks to the Food Drive Steering Committee: Feeding Hope Co-Chairs -- Brecklyn Ferrell from Lopez Foods and Phil Cook from Devon Energy Corporation; Letter Carriers’ Co-Chairs -- Steve Riggs, Bob Bearden and David Miller; Committee Members -- Gerald Cockerham and Shawn Steele, Associated Wholesale Grocers; Zack Skinner, Bank of Oklahoma; Tim O’Connor, Central Oklahoma Labor Federation; Brook Coe and Katie Collins, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Sharon Neuwald, Community Leader; Christina Rehkop and Macay McComas, Devon Energy; Amy Boyer and Allison Goodman, Express Employment Professionals; Jamie Crow, First United Bank; Brittney Null, Intermedix; Diana Erwin and Gaylene Stiles, Mercy; Elisa Milbourn, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; David Carpenter, OKC Fire Department Union Leader; Ray Haefele, retired; Terry Kennedy, Seagate Technology; Craig Dickinson, Sonic, America’s Drive-in; James Bryant and Sonya Dulan, US Postal Service; Barbara Royce, United Way of Central Oklahoma; Brett Bowden, ValPak; and Anita Reaves, Wriggly’s Gum.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 470 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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