Businesses and Letter Carriers Joined the Fight Against Hunger in May

Annual Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive Raised More Than 1.2 Million Meals for Hungry Oklahomans

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 26, 2018 – During the month of May, 745,122 pounds of food and $153,776 were raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the annual Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive.  

“The donations raised through this annual drive will provide more than 1.2 million meals for chronically hungry children, seniors on fixed incomes and hardworking families across central and western Oklahoma,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This drive is successful because of continued support from the community, sponsors, businesses, volunteers and letter carriers. Thank you for joining us in our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.’”

More than 100 metro-area businesses held food and fund drives during the month of May to fight hunger. Additionally, on May 12 letter carriers in 194 central and western cities collected food donations from mail boxes to benefit the Regional Food Bank.

On June 25, the Regional Food Bank recognized the following individuals and businesses for their support in fighting hunger:

  • US Fleet Tracking- First place for raising the most pounds of food overall.
  • Globe Life/ Globe Marketing Services – Second place for raising the most pounds of food overall.
  • APMEX.com – First place for raising the most money overall and first place for raising the most meals by a company with 100 to 499 employees.
  • American Fidelity Assurance Co. – First place for most meals by a company with 500+ employees and second place for raising the most money overall.
  • Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores - Second place for raising the most meals by a company with 500+ employees.
  • Gateway Energy Services – Second place for raising the most meals by a company with 100 to 499 employees.
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce – First place for raising the most meals by a company with less than 100 employees.
  • Feeding Hope Committee Chair and Co-Chair – Chair, Cashlie White, Co-Chair, Ben Stephenson, Dell
  • Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Chairs: Steve Riggs, Bob Bearden and David Miller
  • The United States Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the National Association of Letter Carriers - For their continued support in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.

“We’d also like to thank Devon Energy employees for sorting the canned food donations collected in the metro area through the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive,” said Fitzgerald. “Through Devon’s ‘Stuff the Truck’ competition, employees loaded more than six tractor-trailers worth of food in one day! This helped us to get the food into the homes of Oklahomans living with hunger quickly and efficiently.”

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, Allen Lund Company, American Fidelity Foundation, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Commerce Bank, Devon Energy, JAKE FM, KOMA, The Journal Record, Lamar Outdoor, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Morning Star Storage, 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, Tapstone Energy, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

The following 194 cities in central and western Oklahoma are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Aline, Allen, Altus, Alva, Amber, Ames, Anadarko, Apache, Arapaho, Arcadia, Ardmore, Asher, Atoka, Atwood, Balko, Beaver, Bennington, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Bison, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bokchito, Boley, Braman, Buffalo, Bulter, Burns Flat, Cache, Caddo, Calera, Calumet, Calvin, Canute, Carnegie,  Carney, Carrier, Cashion, Cement, Central High, Chandler, Chattanooga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasha, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crawford, Crescent, Cushing, Custer City, Cyril, Davis, Dill City, Duke, Duncan, Durant, Durham, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Forgan, Fort Sill, Fort Supply, Foss, Frederick, Gate, Geronimo, Glencoe, Goltry, Goodwell, Gould, Gracemont, Grandfield, Granite, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Helena, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Hooker, Indiahoma, Jet, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Laverne, Leedey, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Loyal, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Mannsville, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, May, Maysville, McLoud, Mead, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Milburn, Minco, Mooreland, Mulhall, Mustang, Nardin, Nash, Newalla, Newcastle, Newkirk, Ninnekah, Noble, Norman, Oakland, Okarche, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Prague, Purcell, Reydon, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seiling, Seminole, Shartel, Shattuck, Shawnee, Slaughterville, Snyder, Sparks, Spencer, Springer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Taloga, Tecumseh, Temple, Thomas, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Vici, The Village, Walters, Washington, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Weatherford, Weleetka, Wellston, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wright City, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.

It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3136.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 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 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. 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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