Artist Jason Pawley Donates Time and Talents to Inspire Volunteers to Give Back

New Mural “Full Circle” Featured in Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Jan. 9, 2016 – Metro artist Jason Pawley donated his time and talents to inspire volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  Through his latest mural “Full Circle,” Pawley’s bright and colorful art is driving home the message of the community coming together to give back and help others. 

“When I see the volunteers, there’s every kind of people and they’re all working together to help other people,” said Pawley.  “With the brighter colors and happier tones, to me it shows the unity of a bunch of different races and people. Without volunteers and people giving their time, this wouldn’t happen.  This mural also shows the life source of the rain and the food source.  Everything is all a part of it, and it all has to come together to be able to work.” 

Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Last year alone, thousands of volunteers saved the nonprofit more than $4.3 million in labor costs.

“It takes more than food to fight hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Volunteers are vital to fulfilling our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope’ and helping the one in six Oklahomans that has inconsistent access to food. I want to thank Jason Pawley for capturing the spirit of volunteering and unity in this mural – and for inspiring the community to give back.”

The Regional Food Bank of is in need of volunteers in January.  Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, boxing bread, packing Food for Kids bags and more.  The Regional Food Bank, which is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, accepts both individual and group volunteering.  Volunteers must be at least eight years old.  Shifts are available daily from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m.  Every day, volunteers pack enough good to fill a semi-truck.  To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.

Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every donation received through January 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million.  To make a tax deductible donation call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 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 644 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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