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Help "Stamp Out Hunger" Saturday in Oklahoma City

Donate to Help Hungry Oklahomans

May 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - This Saturday, Oklahoma letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies..  This is part of the Regional Food Bank’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is a one-day food drive in 100 cities in central and western Oklahoma.

To help “Stamp Out Hunger,” fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox this week, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food donations and place it by your mailbox by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th.  Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices between now and May 14th.  Make monetary donations online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405.972.1111.  Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

“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,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Thank you for your compassion.”

As the state’s largest private hunger-relief charity, the Regional Food Bank distributes enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week through its network of partner agencies; yet it is still not enough. 

“We have families who depend upon our pantry for the extra boost of food they receive once a month,” said a partner agency of the Regional Food Bank.  “They can come to the pantry once a month without question. Many bring their children with them and receive the little snacks that bring smiles to their faces.”

The following 100 cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva , Anadarko, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bray, Carnegie, Cashion, Chandler, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Coalgate, Comanche, Cordell, Cushing, Davis, Del City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fairview, Forrest Park, Frederick, Geary, Guthrie, Guymon, Healdton, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marlow, Midwest City, McLoud, Medford, Moore, Minco, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Nichols Hills, Ninnekah, Noble, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shattuck, Shawnee, Slaughterville, Snyder, Spencer, Stillwater, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, The Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, and Yukon.

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

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; 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.

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” effort, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email againes@regionalfoodbank.org.  You can also visit regionalfoodbank.org, facebook.com/regionalfoodbank, or twitter.com/rfbo.

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 438 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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