(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 10, 2020 - Philadelphia 76ers guard and Edmond native Josh Richardson has donated $25,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The donation comes as the organization provides meals to an unprecedented number of Oklahomans in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn that followed.
"These uncertain times have really reinforced how important family and community is. Oklahoma will always be home for me and I’m fortunate to be in the position to give back to my hometown and the community that raised me," Richardson said.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Regional Food Bank's network of partner agencies have seen unprecedented increases in the need for food assistance across central and western Oklahoma. In April, the organization distributed a record 6.2 million pounds of food, 1.5 million more pounds than an average month.
“We love to see Oklahomans helping Oklahomans," said Deb Bunting, interim CEO of the Regional Food Bank. "Thanks to Josh's donation, we will be able to provide 100,000 meals to Oklahomans who are living with food insecurity during these difficult times."
Richardson, a 2011 graduate of Edmond Santa Fe High School, earned first-team all-conference honors at the University of Tennessee in 2015 before being selected in the second round of the NBA Draft.
The Regional Food Bank is able to provide four meals for every $1 donated. To make a financial donation, visit 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.