Letter Carriers Weigh In On Hunger

More than 307,000 Pounds of Food Collected in Oklahoma City Metro-Area

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 15, 2017 – While donations are still rolling in, so far more than 307,000 pounds of food were collected in the Oklahoma City metro-area as part of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. On Saturday, letter carriers in more than 195 central and western Oklahoma cities helped “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting donations from residents on their mail routes.   Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partners across the state.

“I want to thank the letter carriers and everyone who made a donation to help fight hunger in our state,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Thanks to your support, the Regional Food Bank, and its partner agencies, will have more food available to help feed our hungry neighbors. Thank you for your generosity.”

Many groups and individuals contributed to the success of this food drive, including letter carriers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and numerous businesses.  Nearly 550 volunteers sorted the donations at metro-area post offices as letter carriers returned from their routes.

If you missed your letter carrier, donations can be dropped off at your local post office or Oklahoma City Fire Stations through May 30. Monetary donations can also be made online at feedinghope.org, by calling 405-600-3136 or by mail at Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Attn: Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, PO Box 270968, Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968.  For every dollar donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide the equivalent of five meals.  A $10 donation will provide 50 meals, or a $25 donation will provide 125 meals. 

“Thank you for donating and impacting the lives of our neighbors,” said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.  “Hunger is a silent epidemic that is closer than you think. One in six Oklahomans face hunger every day.”

Even though the one-day food drive is over, nearly 125 business locations in the Oklahoma City area are holding employee-driven food drives through May 19.

For more information about the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, or to sign up for the Feeding Hope Drive, contact Natalie Wood at nwood@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3174.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund 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 Corporation, 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.  Additional supporters include McDonald’s and the Allen Lund Company.

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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