Volunteers Celebrated at Regional Food Bank

Nonprofit Gives Thanks for Giving Back During National Volunteer Month

(OKLAHOMA CITY) April 23, 2018 – As part of National Volunteer Month, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is thanking its volunteers for helping end hunger throughout central and western Oklahoma.

“We could not advance our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope’ without our dedicated volunteers who donate their time and talents to end hunger,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Volunteers ensure food donations are sorted, packed and ready for our Oklahoma neighbors living with hunger. Their hard work helps us fill the plates of families, children and seniors who need it most. Thank you!”

Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans each week. Every day, volunteers sort, pack and prepare enough food to fill a semi-truck. Last year alone, 41,500 volunteers saved the nonprofit more than $4.4 million in labor costs.

“We are hosting a week-long party to recognize our volunteers for all they do to fight hunger,” said Fitzgerald. “From thanking our volunteers for ‘popping by’ with popcorn to passing out Orbit gum because volunteers are ‘out of this world,’ this week is about celebrating and thanking our amazing volunteers.”

It’s never too late to join the fight against hunger. Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, preparing fresh food for distribution in Hope’s Kitchen, processing protein donations in the Protein Processing Center, stocking shelves at the Moore Food & Resource Center and assisting at mobile food distributions.

Volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals are available Monday through Saturday and include morning, afternoon and evening shifts. The Volunteer Center welcomes volunteers starting as young as eight years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer, email volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3161.

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.