OKLAHOMA CITY— (Oct. 31, 2016) — Littleton Youth Ministries was recently recognized as the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Volunteer of the Quarter, which is presented by Devon Energy Corp. The youth group volunteered over the summer for three days, processing more than 17,000 pounds of food for the Regional Food Bank. The group spent most of its time sorting donations and volunteering in the Urban Harvest organic gardening program to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.
“Littleton Youth Ministries is a great example of how our youth are focused on giving back,” said Mason Weaver, director of Urban Harvest. “They mulched a field where hundreds of pounds of produce are grown each year, and helped rehabilitate one of our old greenhouse spaces that will be used to grow new seedlings for our community garden program.”
Produce grown through the Regional Food Bank’s Urban Harvest program is distributed through the Fresh Rx Program. Oklahoma ranks among the 10 worst states for many key health indicators, including: cardiovascular deaths, physical inactivity, premature deaths, obesity and preventable hospitalizations. The Regional Food Bank places priority on distributing more produce for families struggling with hunger. More than 12.7 million pounds of produce were distributed last fiscal year.
The Regional Food Bank is in need of volunteers year-round to help fight hunger. Last fiscal year, nearly 42,000 volunteers donated nearly 203,000 hours of service, which saved the Regional Food Bank more than $4.3 million in labor costs. Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, assisting with mobile pantry distributions, working on salvage, packing Food for Kids backpacks and more. To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private domestic hunger relief organization. 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 644 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.