(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 13, 2018 – On June 8, 35 employees from Chesapeake Energy’s Appalachia Business Unit group joined the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in the fight against hunger. The employees volunteered their time to ensure Oklahomans would have enough to eat this summer by packing and sorting donations at the Regional Food Bank. In total, the volunteers packed 3,112 pounds of food, enough food to provide the equivalent of 2,593 meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to healthy food.
“Giving back to the communities where we work and live is central to our culture and values at Chesapeake,” said Sheldon Burleson, vice president of Appalachia Business Unit at Chesapeake Energy. “We are proud to partner with the Regional Food Bank to help our neighbors in need. We love the mission of the Regional Food Bank and the fact that we can bring our entire group here to volunteer together.”
Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation. Most of the people served by the Regional Food Bank are seniors on fixed incomes, chronically hungry children and hardworking families.
“Year-round, Chesapeake Energy and its employees donate their time and talents to advance our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope,’” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Over the last 20 years, they have also made financial contributions to help feed our neighbors living with hunger. Without support from the community and businesses like Chesapeake, the Regional Food Bank would not be able to feed 136,000 Oklahomans each week.”
Working together, we can end hunger. The Regional Food Bank needs volunteers year-round to sort and pack donations. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3161.
For more information about Chesapeake Energy’s approach to corporate responsibility and commitment to their communities visit chk.com/responsibility.
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.