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Letter Carriers Weigh In On Hunger

More than 750,000 Pounds of Food Collected

May 14, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – On May 11, letter carriers worked to stamp out hunger by collecting non-perishable donations from residents on their mail routes to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies in 53 central and western counties.  While donations are still coming in, nearly 750,000 pounds of food in central and western Oklahoma have been collected to date.

“I want to thank the letter carriers and everyone who made a donation to help fight hunger in Oklahoma,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Because of your support, the Regional Food Bank, and its partner agencies, will have more food available to help feed the hungry in your community.”

Donations can be dropped off through Friday at Oklahoma City Fire Stations and metro post offices.  The food and fund drives ends on May 24 and final results will be released in June.  The goal of the food drive is to collect 1 million pounds of food and $1 million. 

As a presenting sponsor of the annual Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, Devon Energy and its employees have raised nearly 45,000 pounds of food and more than $3.6 million over the past eight years. Devon’s support represents 66 percent of the overall support from the drive.

Devon employees sorted donations at an Oklahoma City post office on Saturday and will participate in the fifth annual “Stuff the Truck” event on May 21, which helps the Regional Food Bank quickly sort, pack and distribute donations to partner agencies.

Many groups and individuals have contributed to the success of this food drive, including letter carriers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and numerous businesses.  Even though the one-day food drive is over, more than 200 business locations in the Oklahoma City area are holding employee-driven food drives through May 24 as well

“It is important to Devon to do what we can to strengthen our communities,” said Phil Cook, vice president of strategic integration for Devon Energy and Feeding Hope co-chair. “We share the Regional Food Bank’s commitment to solve hunger in Oklahoma, and through our partnership in the food drive, Devon strives to help provide increased access to food for hungry families, children and seniors. As co-chair of the committee I have seen the difference every can and every dollar can make.”

More than 675,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger on a daily basis. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families living paycheck to paycheck.   The Regional Food Bank is dedicated to “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”  Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma, providing enough food to feed more than 90,000 people every week.

The following 129 cities participated in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva , Anadarko, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka , Beaver, Beggs, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Burns Flat, Calera, Carnegie, Cashion, Chandler, Cherokee, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Coalgate, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crescent, Cushing, Cyril, Davis, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fairview, Fletcher, Frederick, Geary, Geronimo, Goodwell, Grandfield, Granite, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton , Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hooker, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Langston, Lawton, Leon, Lexington, Lindsay , Lone Grove, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Mannford, Marlow, Marietta, McLoud, Medford, Meeker , Midwest City, Minco , Moore, Mooreland, Mounds, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Piedmont , Ponca City, Prague, Purcell, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shattuck, Shawnee, Snyder, Spencer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Thackerville, The Village, Tishomingo, Tonkawa , Tuttle, Union City, Walters, Warr Acres, Waurika, Watonga, Waukomis, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.

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.

For more information call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email againes@regionalfoodbank.org.  You can also make a gift through the Regional Food Bank’s Virtual Food Drive at www.feedoklahoma.org, or visit regionalfoodbank.org, facebook.com/regionalfoodbank, or twitter.com/rfbo.

Click to download hi-quality B Roll from post office sites. 

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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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