Thank you to our Spotlight Volunteers!
As part of the Taber Cares program, Homes by Taber frequently volunteers in the Regional Food Bank's Volunteer Center. Homes by Taber owners Taber and Julie LeBlanc believe their experiences at the Regional Food Bank fit their culture and empowers their employees to get more involved in the community. Thank you, Homes by Taber!
Kim Rich has been volunteering with the Regional Food Bank for nearly two years. She regularly volunteers with the Senior Mobile Markets. "There is a lot of people who don't have food to get through the week or month. The clients are very grateful for the food we get them," Rich said."Sign up online, come out and join us and you'll have a smile on your face the rest of the day." Thank you, Kim!
Sky Young volunteers with the Food for Kids Backpack program and at the Mobile Markets. She enjoys volunteering at the Regional Food Bank because she can have fun and still get the job done. "I know that at the end of the day, somebody is not going to bed hungry," Sky said. Working with the Mobile Markets allows her to get out and learn more about those she is helping. Thank you for all that you do, Sky!
Dan Schrader and Steve Kage have each volunteered more than 600 hours at the Regional Food Bank. They spend time giving a helping hand in the Protein Packaging Center and Hope's Kitchen as well as filling backpacks for the Food for Kids Backpack Program. "You're really accomplishing something. You're giving back something," Dan said. Thank you Dan and Steve!
Since 2014, Kim Brock has volunteered more than 250 hours at the Regional Food Bank. She volunteers on her lunch break to hand out food at the Senior and Fresh Food Mobile Markets, located at multiple sites across the metro. She said, “When you get to hand someone the food and you know they’ll get and eat it... and that they need it, it’s a good experience.” Thank you for everything you do to help us fight hunger, Kim!
Since 2016, Bill Dodson has become a very familiar face in Hope's Kitchen, donating more than 425 hours of his time to packaging meals for hungry Oklahoma children. He said, "it's good for us to know what this food is for" Thank you for "Fighting Hunger.. Feeding Hope," Bill! We couldn't do it without volunteers like you.
Rebecca Dossey has been a familiar face at Moore Food & Resource Center, a partner of the Regional Food Bank, since October 2014. Since then, Rebecca donated more than 500 hours of her time to helping hungry Oklahomans get access to the food they need to survive. Thank you for fighting hunger and feeding hope, Rebecca!
As a father, Francis feels it is an important part of his daughter's routine to know what it is like to give back. Francis and Sidney Meehan turn quality time into time to give to those who are less fortunate. The Meehans are a regular staple at the Regional Food Bank's Thursday Night Rock n' Box events. We appreciate you, Francis and Sidney!
Jimmy Cutter has been volunteering with our Senior Mobile Pantries and Fresh Food Mobile Markets for years. He always comes with a positive, uplifting attitude and easily makes friends with fellow volunteers and clients alike. Jimmy is the person you call when a volunteer is needed at the last minute. He is always encouraging others to volunteer with the mobile market and constantly goes above and beyond to help our clients. He is the epitome of the ideal volunteer and we count ourselves very lucky to have him. Thank you, Jimmy!
The youth from Littleton United Methodist Church traveled from Colorado to spend three days fighting hunger in Oklahoma this summer. They helped both in the Volunteer Center and our Urban Harvest program. Mason Weaver, our Urban Harvest Director, said they were one of the most pleasant and productive groups he's worked with. Thank you, Littleton United Methodist Church!
Angie is one of our most faithful Rock n' Box volunteers. She jumps in and fills needs before we have to ask her and brightens everyone's evening with her infectious cheer. We are so grateful to have her as a volunteer! Thank you, Angie!
Wayne Ratterman spends most of his Thursday evenings in our Volunteer Center, offering his support to our volunteer staff and spreading his passion and enthusiasm to all of our volunteers. Wayne also brings a fantastic group of OKC employees with him once a month to join the fight against hunger. Thank you Wayne and the Oklahoma City Employees Association!
Tom Sawyer donates his DJ services for Rock n’ Box the second Thursday of each month. From 6-9pm, he sets the mood for volunteers by playing their favorite music while they sort and package food donations. DJ Tom Sawyer is the perfect example of a volunteer who uses his talents in the fight against hunger. Thank you DJ Tom!
Norman G. Nero, Sr. is a go-to volunteer for the Fresh Food Mobile Market program, where he distributes food to underserved populations. Mobile Pantry volunteers, like Norman, meet at a designated location where they help bag food, share it with community residents, and help clean up afterwards.
Thad Doye with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau was named our Winter 2015 Devon Energy Volunteer of the Quarter for his efforts to see our Pork for Packs and Beef for Backpacks programs succeed. In March, Thad drove 7,000 miles in the state to pick up donated animals. We would not have these programs without his dedication!
Breaking records for the 2nd year in a row, the OCPD Recruit Class 132 completed nearly 5,500 Food for Kids Backpack program sacks in a three hour shift! They worked in conjunction with Heart of the City Day of Sharing, where city employees give back to their community.
Barry and Connie volunteer for the BritVil food pantry every week and have volunteered for 10 years! They are also great volunteer recruiters and always invite their friends to volunteer with them.
Nick is committed to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its mission of "Fighting Hunger... Feeding Hope." He graduated a year early from high school and, since November, has volunteered 280 hours. He is on track to complete 400 hours by his original graduation date! Thank you Nick!