(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 3, 2020 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has received a $25,000 donation from the James M. Cox Foundation to help bolster the organization's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Food Bank and its network of partner agencies have worked to find innovative ways to safely meet the rising need for food assistance across central and western Oklahoma.
"The Regional Food Bank is prepared for the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and slumping oil industry to continue to create an unprecedented need for food assistance, “said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. "Donations like this are integral in helping the Regional Food Bank keep food flowing to our partner agencies. We are always appreciative of the support from Cox."
Named in honor of its founder, the James M. Cox Foundation provides philanthropic support for nonprofit organizations in the communities where Cox Enterprises does business.
“We are proud to support the Regional Food Bank,” said Kristin Peck, vice president of public affairs for Cox Communications. “This donation will help provide 100,000 meals to children and families who face hunger in our region right now. As school and workplace closures make access to nutritious food even more challenging, these children and working families need our help now, more than ever.”
The Regional Food Bank's network of partner agencies spans 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. Those partners have seen a 30 to 50 percent rise in new clients since the beginning of the pandemic.
Donations to Regional Food Bank can be made by visiting rfbo.org/give or by calling 405-972-1111.
If you are in need of food assistance, visit rfbo.org/get-help and enter a zip code to find the Regional Food Bank partner nearest you or call 405-972-1111.
About The James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.