Volunteers Decrease as Need Increases

Food Bank Seeks Volunteers to Pack Food Donations in January

(OKLAHOMA CITY)  – Jan. 3, 2017 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is in need of more than 1,500 volunteers this month.  Donations from the holiday season need to be sorted for distribution to partner agencies in 53 central and western counties.

“January is typically our slowest month for volunteers, but it is also when we need them the most,” said John Bobb-Semple, director of community engagement at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “We encourage individuals, community groups and corporate groups to volunteer so we can distribute food to our neighbors struggling with hunger.  Every day, volunteers pack enough food to fill a semi-truck.”

Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Last year, thousands of volunteers saved the nonprofit more than $4.3 million in labor costs.

Volunteer are needed year-round to help fight hunger.  Tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, boxing bread, packing Food for Kids bags and more.  The Regional Food Bank welcomes both individual and group volunteers.  Shifts are available Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.

Hunger never takes a holiday. Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every donation received through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million.  To make a tax deductible donation call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

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 644 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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