It’s Not Too Late for Businesses to Join the Fight Against Hunger in Oklahoma

Feeding Hope Food and Fund Drive Kicked Off This Week

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 27, 2017 – This week, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma kicked off the Feeding Hope Food and Fund Drive, which runs through May 19.  To date, more than 125 business locations have signed up to fight hunger in the state by raising donations for the nonprofit. However, it’s not too late for additional businesses to sign up and participate.

“The Regional Food Bank needs your help more than ever this year,” Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Chief Executive Officer Katie Fitzgerald said.  “One in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food and over the last four years the number of Oklahomans we help each week has increased by 40 percent.  Please sign up your business to participate in the drive today so our neighbors will have enough to eat tomorrow.”

Most needed items include canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter and rice and beans.  Monetary donations are also encouraged. In fact, every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of five meals to Oklahomans in need.

The Regional Food Bank provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide and other resources for participants to raise donations. Businesses are also encouraged to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank, tour the facility or invite a spokesperson to talk to employees about hunger in Oklahoma.

APMEX.com is committed to ending food insecurity in Oklahoma. As part of our core value of Service, our team looks forward each year to participating in the Food and Fund Drive,” Cashlie White, culture and internal communications manager at APMEX, said. “It has become part of our culture. Friendly competition leads the way for teambuilding, fun and fundraising. In fact, our team has continued their giving by volunteering throughout the year at the Regional Food Bank and seeing close to 100 percent of APMEX employees giving back to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and their mission.”

To participate in the Feeding Hope Food and Fund Drive, sign up online at regionalfoodbank.org/FeedingHope or contact Natalie Wood at nwood@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3174.

The Drive is presented by: APMEX.com and the Cresap Family Foundation.  The drive is also sponsored by: AFL-CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, Arnold Outdoor, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Express Employment Professionals, Homeland, JAKE FM, KOMA, Lamar Advertising, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157, The Oklahoman, OU Medicine, Riverwind Casino, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

This spring, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors struggling with hunger.  Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding Programs – up to $125,000. To make a donation, visit feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. 

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 587 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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