Thanks a Million!
Food Drive Raises More than $1 Million and $1 Million Pounds of Food
June 23, 2011
OKLAHOMA CITY - A record-breaking 1,031,294 pounds of food and $1,061,072 was raised through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive in May, which will provide 8.2 million meals to hungry Oklahomans this summer. The goal of the food drive was to raise 900,000 pounds of food and $800,000.
“This food drive has achieved great success because of the support of the community - the sponsors, the volunteers, the donors and the Letter Carriers – all of which allow us to provide food for the hungry,” said Ray Haefele, Food Drive chair. “We couldn’t do it without their help!”
During the food drive, nearly 150 metro businesses joined post offices in 83 cities to fight hunger in Oklahoma. Devon Energy was recognized for raising the most money for the sixth year in a row. Devon employees raised more than $350,000 and Devon Energy matched their donation for a total contribution of $700,135.
This year’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive was more important than ever before. Last year, the Regional Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food. This year, the nonprofit is on track to distribute 46 million pounds of food, a 27 percent increase over last year.
“I’ve seen the hungry kids on my mail route,” said Blanchard Letter Carrier Donna Wayland, who has participated in the food drive for three years. “We really appreciate the residents for donating to the food drive and for their generosity.”
A total of 83 cities participated in the 19th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive, including: Ada, Altus, Alva, Anadarko, Arapaho, Arcadia, Ardmore, Atoka, Bethany, Binger, Blackwell, Chandler, Cashion, Cordell, Cherokee, Chickasha, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Comanche, Cordell, Cushing, Davis, Del City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Fairview, Frederick, Geary, Chandler, Guymon, Healdton, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Jones, Kingfisher, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marlow, McLoud, Medford, Midwest City, Minco, Mustang, Nichols Hills, Newalla, Newcastle, Noble, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Perry, Piedmont, Ponca City, Purcell, Sayre, Seminole, Shawnee, Slaughterville, Spencer, Stillwater, Stroud, Sulphur, Tecumseh, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Village, Warr Acres, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood and Yukon.
Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive collected 857,650 pounds of food and $701,234 which provided more than 5.5 million meals to hungry Oklahomans.
The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is sponsored by: Executive Sponsors Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy; AFL CIO; American Fidelity Foundation; BancFirst; Bank of Oklahoma; Campbell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; First United Bank; Homeland Grocery Store; 93.3 JAKE FM; 97.3 KKNG; 92.5 KOMA; Linn Energy; Love’s Travel Shops & County Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; National Association of Letter Carriers; National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; News 9; OGE Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City Firefighters IAFF Local #157; The Oklahoman; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Seagate Technology; United Supermarkets; United States Postal Service; United Way of Central Oklahoma; and Valpak.
For more information about the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive, or to make a donation, call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
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 more than 750 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 400 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.