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Regional Food Bank Continues Disaster Recovery Efforts

Assistance Available to Disaster VictimsRFBO Moore Disaster Relief Distribution Center

August 5, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s difficult to describe the devastation so many Oklahomans experienced in May.  Two months later, many are just now beginning to recover and rebuild.  Thanks to the generosity of donors both inside and outside of Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was able to respond quickly to disaster relief efforts and will continue to do so as long as help is needed. 

“Even if we were to build back, it will be 13 months before they can even start,” said Johnny, a tornado survivor visiting the Moore Disaster Relief Distribution Center. “I appreciate you. You people don’t realize how much you’ve done. I can’t put it into words how much we appreciate this.”

Plans are in place to keep the Moore Disaster Relief Distribution Center, located at 2635 North Shields in Moore, open as long as necessary. In addition to food and water, the center is providing gift cards so families can obtain the items they need most as they begin rebuilding their homes — like sheets, bedding, furniture, appliances and clothing.  Individuals who have who have been impacted by the tornadoes and flooding can visit our Disaster Relief Distribution Center to receive assistance.

The Center is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.  Volunteers are also needed to help the Regional Food Bank run the facility.  To volunteer visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call the Distribution Center at 405.600.3149.

Within a week of the disasters, the Regional Food Bank leased additional warehouse space and set up a Disaster Relief Distribution Center in Moore to better serve individuals, families and other disaster relief agencies. In fact, the nonprofit served 45 disaster-relief agencies throughout the five counties impacted by the storms, providing emergency supplies, water, food, personal hygiene items, paper products and more.

“Your support allowed us to distribute more than 1.6 million pounds of food to date — the equivalent of 1.3 million meals — to 6,400 households that were affected by the disasters,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We have been humbled by the response from around the world and are grateful beyond words for the gifts that continue to arrive to provide long-term support as our Oklahoma neighbors rebuild their lives.”

To help the Regional Food Bank with relief efforts visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed nearly 47.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,100 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.

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 1,100 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 490 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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