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Skyline Urban Ministry and the Regional Food Bank Announce Food Resource Center Partnership

June 17, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Skyline Urban Ministry are pleased to announce a collaborations to establish a Food Resource Center at Skyline’s McKee Center, located at 500 SE 15th Street in Oklahoma City.  Skyline will also be constructing a 6,000 sq. ft. addition to the McKee Center and consolidating all of its operations to that location. 

“When the expansion of the McKee Center is completed, we will be able to serve more hungry Oklahomans and house all of Skyline’s programs under one roof, which will allow us to fulfill our mission more efficiently,” said Claudia Lovelace, Skyline’s executive director. 

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in Oklahoma.  It maintains a network of more than 1,000 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.  The organization is working to create a network of special distribution facilities designated as “Food Resource Centers” to improve operating efficiencies in its food distribution system.  

Cari Ogden, vice president of the Regional Food Bank, explained, “We have worked with Skyline for years, and recognized their client-choice food pantry as an excellent model for distribution. It was a natural fit to expand our partnership with Skyline by supporting their expansion into a Food Resource Center near the Capitol Hill area, which is a strategically important location for food distribution.”

As part of this agreement, the Regional Food Bank will provide specialized equipment to outfit the new Food Resource Center, including custom-built coolers and freezers, a computer system and software, scales, and shelving.   The organization will also offer Skyline operations and logistics assistance, provide priority access to donated and purchased products and make available funds relating to infrastructure development, purchase of equipment, and operations.  The site will allow for a significantly larger food pantry space and a separate warehouse for storing bulk food.  Separate intake and counseling rooms for clients, a dedicated space for the eye clinic and a loading dock are also features of the new facility.

To facilitate the consolidation of its operations to this location, Skyline has agreed to sell its location at 701 NW 8th St to St. Anthony’s hospital.  The sale, combined with the Regional Food Bank’s in-kind donation and other pledged funds, has already provided a majority of the funds necessary for the construction of the new addition to the McKee Center.  To make a donation to Skyline visit http://www.skylineurbanministry.org/donate/ - or contact Ms. Lovelace directly at 405.632.2644. 

To donate to the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.604.7111.

About Skyline Urban Ministry
Skyline Urban Ministry is a United-Methodist supported charitable organization and a community partner of the United Way of Central Oklahoma.  Its mission is “to impact lives, to empower those in need, and to address the roots of poverty in Oklahoma.”  Skyline has nine programs for those in need in Oklahoma City, which include a “client-choice” food pantry, an eye clinic, an after-school program, and free school uniform distribution.  Skyline also has established ministries for senior citizens and the homeless. 

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 480 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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