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Coming In From the Farm to Lend a Helping Hand

Pork Council Volunteers Bag Hunger

August 5, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - With more than 40 days of triple-digit heat in Oklahoma, it takes a special event to get pork producers off their farms. On August 4, more than 20 Oklahoma pork producers supported the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma by volunteering at Rock ‘n Box.

Rock ‘n Box volunteer night happens every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Regional Food Bank’s Volunteer Center, This volunteer night is about helping Oklahomans while having some fun. Last night, Oklahoma pork producers enjoyed classic rock music while packing boxes of food for hungry Oklahomans.  In a time when 600,000 Oklahomans don’t know where their next meal will come from, the impact of the food packed during Rock ‘n Box is huge.

 “As pork producers, our job is to feed the world and it is sad to think of how many people go hungry right here in Oklahoma,” said Bill Barnes, OPC president and pork producer from Hennessey, Okla. “Helping get this food ready to go out to our fellow Oklahomans in need is just a small way we can show our commitment to this state.”

During Rock ‘n Box, 22,696 pounds of food was prepared for distribution. The pork producers, who came from all over the state, were joined by volunteers from the community.

“This was a really fun event” said Tina Falcon, pork producer from Tecumseh. “I am so glad that this food will give parents in Oklahoma peace of mind about feeding their kids.”

Last fiscal year, thousands of volunteers donated more than 85,000 hours of service, saving the Regional Food Bank more than $1 million in labor.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of this organization,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Without them, we can’t get food to those who need it. We want to thank the pork producers for their continued support in the fight against hunger.”

Individual volunteer hours are available Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Weeknight and Sunday volunteer opportunities are available by appointment.  Groups of five or more can schedule a volunteer time.  The Regional Food Bank is located at located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. 

The Regional Food Bank is now scheduling volunteers for the holiday season.  To schedule an appointment, or to volunteer, contact Jamie Treadaway at 405.600.3154 or e-mail jtreadaway@regionalfoodbank.org.

Through September 30th, all donations made to the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Backpack Program will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $100,000.  For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 972.1111.

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 400 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.

About the Oklahoma Pork Council

The Oklahoma Pork Council, a producer organization consisting of Oklahoma pork producers, represents the interests of all pork producers. Partially funded by federally collected Pork Checkoff dollars, OPC promotes pork and pork products, funds research, and educates consumers and producers about the pork industry. For more information about this or any other programs of the Oklahoma Pork Council visit www.okpork.org or call 1.405.232.3781.

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