Businesses, Volunteers Needed to Stamp Out Hunger Across Oklahoma

Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Drive Kicks Off this Month to Fight Hunger

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 18, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites Oklahomans to join the fight against hunger this spring by participating in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Fund and Food Drive.

"The only thing in this world that is worth doing is making a difference,” said Steve Riggs, statewide Letter Carriers’ chair and Regional Food Bank board member. “That’s what it’s all about. Please join us in helping the one in six Oklahomans living with hunger in our state."

The Feeding Hope portion of the drive kicks off April 23 and runs through May 25. Metro-area businesses host a variety of events to raise financial and food donations for the Regional Food Bank. The nonprofit provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide and other resources for participants to collect donations.

To participate in the Feeding Hope Drive, sign up online at regionalfoodbank.org/FeedingHope or contact Kallie Mikles at kmikles@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3193.

Through the Letter Carriers’ Drive on Saturday, May 12, letter carriers in more than 190 cities in central and western Oklahoma will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable canned food donations from households on their routes. An additional 50 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 Sara Lorenzen at slorenzen@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3165.

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 four meals to Oklahomans in need of food assistance.

The goal of the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive is to raise enough donations to provide 2 million meals for hungry Oklahomans. As the demand for food assistance continues to rise, the Regional Food Bank depends upon the generosity of the community to support its mission of “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.” 

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.

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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