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Devon Energy, Employees Make Record-Setting $700,375 Donation

Employees Also Assemble Nearly 5,000 Food Boxes to Fight Hunger

May 31, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - Devon Energy presented the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with a check for $700,375 in support of the month-long Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food and Fund Drive, which represents 86 percent of the total donations raised from this food drive in May. This record-setting donation will provide more than 4.9 million meals for Oklahomans struggling to put food on their table this summer.

“This donation has really exceeded our expectations,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Devon Energy and its employees have shown tremendous leadership in our community as they continue to provide funding to sustain the feeding programs that help Oklahomans in need. We want to thank Devon for their continued commitment to fighting hunger in our state.”

In addition to the $700,375 and 1,975 pounds of food donation, Devon Energy employees volunteered at two of the post office sites during the Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 14 and hundreds of Devon employees volunteer each month at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 

On May 17, more than 500 Devon Energy employees helped the Regional Food Bank by filling 4,842 pantry boxes with canned food donations during the third annual “Stuff the Truck” event in downtown Oklahoma City.  In a matter of six hours, they sorted and assembled 193,000 pounds of food boxes - enough to fill five tractor-trailers with food. 

Devon Energy is a presenting sponsor of this year’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food and Fund Drive.  Last year, Devon and its employees donated $588,000 and 3,055 pounds of food.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Devon’s employees,” said Vince White, Devon’s senior vice president of Investor Relations, who also serves on the Regional Food Bank Foundation board. “The Regional Food Bank has long been a favorite community cause at Devon, and we are thrilled to partner with this outstanding organization to help feed hungry Oklahomans.”

As the state’s largest private hunger-relief charity, the Regional Food Bank distributes enough food to help feed more than 77,000 people each week through its network of partner agencies; yet it is still not enough. To meet this demand, the Regional Food Bank is collecting food and monetary donations through the end of May through partnerships with nearly 150 metro businesses. These corporate food/fund drives will be combined with the food collected during the Letter Carriers Food Drive to, hopefully, hit this year’s goal of raising 900,000 pounds of food and $800,000.  So far, 955,160 pounds of food and $851,093 has been raised.

For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.  Text the word “CAN” to make a $10 donation via a mobile phone. Data and message rates apply.

(Photo)  -  Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank; Christina Rehkop, community affairs Supervisor at Devon Energy; and Vince White, senior vice president - Investor Relations at Devon Energy.

(Photo) – Devon volunteers worked together to fight hunger.

(Photo) – Devon employees also won “spirit points” for volunteering in costume.

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 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 393 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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