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Record-Breaking 4.9 Million Meals Raised for Regional Food Bank

Bank of America and Feeding America’s Annual Give a Meal ™ Campaign Feeds Hungry

April 24, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced today it received more than 4.9 million meals this year through the Give a Meal campaign, an annual partnership with Bank of America and Feeding America that provides meals to families in need in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma counties.

“At a time when many individuals and families are struggling to put food on the table, the opportunity to extend donor support through Bank of America’s matching contribution is a tremendous asset in our fight against hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “We want to thank Bank of America, Feeding America, and our donors for joining in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.”

The initiative, which ran from November to January, was bolstered by the bank's commitment to a two for one match, meaning that for every $1 that someone gave during the campaign; Bank of America donated $2 -making three times the difference. That helped to leverage donor dollars and bring more meals into the community.

This is the third year that the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Feeding America have partnered with Bank of America to help raise funds for local food banks across the country. Overall, the program matched $1.5 million in gifts, to help provide food for families in need across the country.

“Through the generosity of many, combined with the financial commitment from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the powerful collaboration of Feeding America and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we were able to make a significant impact in the food security of families across Oklahoma,” said Tony  Shinn, Oklahoma City president, Bank of America.  “Addressing the critical needs of housing, hunger and jobs is a priority for Bank of America, and together with our community partners, we’re helping make a measurable impact in the economic recovery of our community.”

Along with the match, the bank also contributed an additional $1 million to Feeding America’s national office to help fight hunger, and bank employees participated in more than 300 hunger-related volunteer efforts around the country.

One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day and Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation.  The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, senior citizens and children.

Together we can solve hunger.  For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7109. 

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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