(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 7, 2017 – During the month of May, 892,445 pounds of food and $270,740 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 nearly 2.1 million meals for hungry children, seniors and hardworking families in 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 125 metro-area businesses held food and fund drives during the month of May to fight hunger. Additionally, on May 14 letter carriers in 195 central and western cities collected food donations from mail boxes to benefit the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies.
On June 26, the Regional Food Bank recognized the following individuals and businesses for their support in fighting hunger:
“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 seven tractor-trailers worth of food in one day! This saved us more than $5,000 in labor costs and helped us to get the food into the homes of Oklahomans struggling with hunger quickly and efficiently.”
Feeding Hope Chair McComas is also a member of Devon’s community relations team and coordinates the company’s various volunteer efforts to support the Regional Food Bank. She said the drive, as well as their employees’ participation in the annual Stuff the Truck event, aligns well with two of Devon’s core values: being a good neighbor and delivering results.
“It’s exciting to hear these results and know we made a difference with our volunteer participation,” said McComas. “We partner with the Regional Food Bank because the organization shares our commitment and make it their mission every day to fight hunger in Oklahoma.”
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, American Fidelity Foundation, Arnold Outdoor, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Express Employment Professionals, Homeland, JAKE FM, KOMA, Lamar Advertising, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Association Local 157, The Oklahoman, OU Medicine, Riverwind Casino, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak. Additional supporters include McDonald’s and the Allen Lund Company.
The following 195 cities in central and western Oklahoma participated 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, Braman, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Bulter, Burns Flat, Cache, Caddo, Calera, Calumet, Calvin, Canton, Canute, Carney, Carrier, Cashion, Cement, Central High, Chandler, Chattanooga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crawford, Crescent, Cushing, Custer City, Cyril, Davis, Dill City, Dover, Duncan, Durant, Durham, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Forgan, Fort Sill, Fort Supply, Foss, Frederick, Gate, Geary, Geronimo, Glencoe, Goltry, Goodwell, Gould, Gracemont, Grandfield, Granite, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Helena, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Hominy, Hooker, Indiahoma, Jet, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Laverne, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Loyal, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Mannsville, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, May, Maysville, McLoud, Mead, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Milburn, Minco, Moore, Mooreland, Mustang, Nardin, Nash, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Norman, Oakland, Okarche, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Perry, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Reydon, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sasakwa, Sayre, Shawnee, Shattuck, Slaughterville, Snyder, Sparks, Spencer, Springer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Temple, Texola, Thomas, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Vici, Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Wayne, Weatherford, Weleetka, Wellston, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wright City, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.
It’s never 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 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 653 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.