Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Helps Hungry Oklahomans

Volunteers Donated Time and Raised Donations to Help Neighbors in Need of Food Assistance

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 7, 2017 – Recently, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help Oklahomans who face hunger every day.  In total, 41 employees volunteered their time to ensure Oklahomans would have enough to eat this spring by packing and sorting donations at the Regional Food Bank. In total, volunteers packed enough food to provide the equivalent of 2,700 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger.  The Chamber also raised $6,485 for the nonprofit last month through a fundraising campaign.

“Every year our staff has committed to not only volunteering at the Regional Food Bank, but also committed to an organizational fund drive to support the nonprofit,” said Roy Williams, president and chief executive officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  “They really understand the importance of the organization and the need in our community.  The Regional Food Bank is near and dear to their hearts.”

The Chamber has partnered with the nonprofit since 2006 in “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”

Together, we can make this a hunger free summer.  The Regional Food Bank needs more than 1,400 volunteers to pack fresh meals for children in its production kitchen from June 1 through July 27.  Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.  Volunteers must be at least 12 years old and both individuals and groups are welcome. The nonprofit needs at least 24 volunteers per shift each day to ensure that the meals will be available for children over the summer. 

Help fight childhood hunger by signing up to volunteer at regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3160.  Another way to fight hunger in the state is by making a donation. Every dollar donated provides the equivalent of five meals.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org/summer. 

Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are seniors, children and families. The Regional Food Bank is the largest private 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 charitable feeding programs and schools 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 653 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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