Regional Food Bank Invites Businesses to Join the Fight Against Hunger

Participate in the Feeding Hope Business Fund and Food Drive This Spring

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 13, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro-area businesses to join the fight against hunger by participating in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Fund and Food Drive this May.  The goal of the drive is to raise enough food and funds to provide 2.5 million meals for hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties.

“Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Currently, our distribution is up 1.1 million pounds year over year and we are in urgent need of donations to help meet this increase in need. Please sign up your organization today so our neighbors will have enough to eat tomorrow.”

The food and fund drive kicks off April 24 and runs through May 19. The Regional Food Bank provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide, and other resources for participants to raise donations. Organizations 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.  Businesses are also invited to a kick off breakfast on April 11 where they will learn more about hunger in Oklahoma and best practices for fund and food drives.

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.

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

On Saturday, May 13, letter carriers in nearly 190 cities in central and western Oklahoma will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable canned food donations from households on their routes. Volunteers are still needed this day to sort donations at metro-area post offices. For more information about volunteering, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or contact Denice Hurlbut at dhurlbut@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3160.

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, Express Employment Professionals, Homeland, JAKE FM, KOMA, Lamar Outdoor, 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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