Devon Energy, Employees Donate $1 Million to Regional Food Bank

Give for Good’ Campaign Helps Oklahomans Put Food on the Table this Fall

(OKLAHOMA CITY) Nov. 10, 2017 – Thanks to Devon Energy’s annual ‘Give for Good’ campaign, the company and its employees raised $1 million for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma during September. This generous donation will provide the equivalent of 5 million meals for children and families who need it the most this fall.

“Words can’t begin to express the gratitude we feel toward Devon and its employees for their generosity in helping us meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of people who struggle with hunger and food insecurity,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.  “This donation represents Devon’s employees’ compassion and desire to help their fellow Oklahomans.”
 
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, with one in six Oklahomans living with hunger. Thanks to support from companies like Devon, the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans every week.  Devon’s generous gift will help chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families who struggle to make ends meet.
 
Devon Energy is committed to fighting hunger in Oklahoma.  In addition to the $1 million gift, Devon employees volunteer their time at the Regional Food Bank, serve on the board, participate in the Leadership Council and distribute Holiday Care & Share Boxes to families living with hunger in western Oklahoma. Last year alone, more than 600 Devon employees donated 1,473 hours to the Regional Food Bank, saving the nonprofit $35,558 in labor costs.

“We’re pleased and proud to be able to help our neighbors by supporting the Regional Food Bank in every way we can,” said Christina Rehkop, community relations manager at Devon. “We’re especially grateful for our employees who make financial contributions and volunteer their time and effort. They continue to demonstrate what it means to be a good neighbor.”

Fall can be a difficult season for families working to put food on the table. As the weather changes and utility bills start to climb, more Oklahomans, like Frank, turn to the Regional Food Bank for help. Until recently, Frank had to manage his monthly fixed income to pay medical bills that come with being a diabetic, next priority was his rent, then his utility bills that increase during the winter months and, if there was anything left over, food.

Thanks to the Regional Food Bank’s Moore Food & Resource Center, Frank now has access to healthy, nutritious food each month. Before discovering the FRC, Frank admits to begging for money on the street or even digging for food out of a dumpster. “But now, I rely upon the Moore Food & Resource Center and it’s a blessing,” he said.

Since 1980, the Regional Food Bank has increased its programs and services to help close the hunger gap that exists for far too many Oklahomans. Thanks to support from organizations like Devon, last year the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 52 million pounds of food through a network of 1,300 community-based partner agencies, charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Together, we can solve hunger. To make a donation, call 405-972-1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org/donate.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks.  The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 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 613 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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