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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Responds to Tornado Disaster

Nonprofit prepares to provide food and water to hardest hit areas

May 20, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, in partnership with Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), is asking that the public support all rescue, recovery and disaster relief efforts with donations of cash to your favorite responding charity. Donations of items such as clothing and supplies are strongly discouraged. 

Financial donations will allow disaster relief agencies to purchase whatever items are deemed necessary without resulting in the additional burden of securing warehouse space and volunteers to work donated product.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to all who were affected by the tornadoes that hit Oklahoma," said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. "The Regional Food Bank is coordinating efforts with other disaster relief agencies in our state to provide food and water for those in need. What we and other disaster relief agencies will need most from the public is financial donations."

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7111. You can also text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts*.

*A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. All charges are billed by and payable to your mobile service provider. User must be age 18 or older or have parental permission to participate. By texting YES, the user agrees to the terms and conditions. Service is available on most carriers. Message a& Data Rates May Apply. Donations are collected for the benefit of the Regional Food Bank by the Mobile Giving foundation and subject to the terms found at www.hmgf.org/t. You can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to short code 32333. Text HELP to 32333 for help. 

About VOAD
The purpose of Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Oklahoma VOAD) is to bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster services in an effort to foster more effective response to the people of Oklahoma in time of disaster. A 501(c)(3) Nonprofit, Oklahoma VOAD is associated with the National Voluntary Organizations Activein Disaster is a partnership in disaster response. A member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in DIsaster, the organization was founded in the simple belief that the time to prepare for the next disaster is now. After Hurrican Camille in 1969, organizations that had been involved in providing resources and services to victims and communities affected by the disaster shared their mutual concern about the frequent duplication of services. Beginning in 1970, representatives from these voluntary organizations began to meet together on a regular basis. The purpose of those early meetings was for participants to share their respective activities, concerns and frustrations in order to minimize duplication of effort and manage disaster activities more efficiently. 

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 atwww.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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