Devon Energy and Employees Dedicated to Fighting Hunger
Donate Time and Record-Breaking $760,000
May 31, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - Today, Devon Energy Corporation presented the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma with a check for $760,000 in support of the month-long Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive, which currently represents 84 percent of the total donations raised through the event. This record-setting donation will provide more than 3.8 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 support 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 $760,000, Devon Energy employees volunteered at the Midwest City post office sites during the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 12th and hundreds of Devon employees volunteer each month at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
On May 23rd, more than 500 Devon Energy employees helped the Regional Food Bank by filling 6,295 pantry boxes with canned food donations during the fourth annual “Stuff the Truck” event in downtown Oklahoma City. In a matter of six hours, Devon employees sorted and assembled 21,920 pounds of food boxes - enough to fill 6.5 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 2,045 pounds of food and $700,454. Since 2005, Devon and its employees have donated more than 40,000 pounds of food and nearly $3 million through this food drive.
“The Regional Food Bank has become a favorite community cause among our employees,” said Devon’s Senior Vice President Vince White, who also serves on the Regional Food Bank Foundation board. “We share the Regional Food Bank’s passion for eliminating hunger in Oklahoma and we know that they will make the most of every dollar we give.”
As the state’s largest private hunger-relief charity, the Regional Food Bank distributes enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week through its network of partner agencies; yet it is still not enough. To meet this demand, the Regional Food Bank has collected food and monetary donations through the end of May through partnerships with nearly 170 metro businesses. These corporate food/fund drives will be combined with the food collected during the Letter Carriers Food Drive. So far, more than $900,000 and nearly 800,000 pounds of food have been raised.
For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
(Photo) - Devon Energy’s Senior Vice President of Communications and Investor Relations, Vince White;; Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Rodney Bivens; and Vice President of Production/Operations for Devon Energy, Phil Cook. Through the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers' Food Drive, Devon Energy employees, along with a match from the corporation, raised a record-breaking $760,000 for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
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 441 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.