(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 21, 2018 -- Throughout 2018, Dolese is matching donations made by volunteers at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Volunteer Center – up to $30,000. To date, enough financial donations have been made to Dolese Delivers: Fight Hunger Faster match to provide more than 15,700 meals to help feed chronically hungry children, seniors on fixed incomes and families struggling to put food on the table.
“We are so grateful to Dolese and our volunteers for helping us fight hunger faster,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer at the Regional Food Bank. “Over the last five years, the number of Oklahomans we serve each week has skyrocketed by 71 percent. That’s why supporting our mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope’ is more important than ever.”
Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation, with one in six residents uncertain about where their next meal will come from. Every dollar donated through the Dolese Delivers Match provides eight meals for Oklahomans across central and western Oklahoma who experience hunger. After the match is met, every dollar donated will provide four meals.
“Dolese and its employees believe that nobody should ever have to choose between buying food or medicine, or buying food and paying the bills,” said Kermit Frank, Dolese’s director of communications and community relations. “This match is a great way for all of us to get involved in this issue and fight hunger faster.”
Volunteers can donate to the Dolese Delivers Match at the Regional Food Bank’s Volunteer Center, located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. Online donations can be made at fighthungerfaster.org.
The Dolese Delivers Match kicked off last year with a $25,000 match challenge and volunteers stepped up to help fight hunger faster. In total, $35,867.74 was raised by volunteers in 2017, exceeding the match. Dolese and its employees also support the Regional Food Bank by volunteering and hosting food drives. Since 2013 Dolese employees have donated 948 hours to help in the fight against hunger.
Currently, more than 30,000 volunteer slots are still available in May to fight hunger with the Regional Food Bank. Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, preparing fresh food for distribution to children 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 several 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-600-3161.
For more information about the Dolese Delivers Match, contact Jennifer Eckert at email@example.com or 405-600-3180.
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.
About Dolese Bros. Co.
Dolese Bros. Co., a longstanding construction materials business, supplies quality foundational building products used to construct and grow communities. Founded in 1902, the company’s commitment to customer service and product quality has helped it grow from its humble beginnings to today’s operation of more than 60 facilities with over 1,000 employees throughout Oklahoma. Dolese delivers on a mission to improve communities through its products, actions and support of local organizations. For more information, please visit the Dolese website at http://www.dolese.com/.