(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May, 15, 2019 - Letter carriers from across the Oklahoma City metro area collected 217,980 pounds of food during the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive. Food from the drive goes to benefit the Regional Food Bank and its community-based partner agencies.
"We are very grateful for the hard work of letter carriers and those who volunteered their time to sort donations," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "Rest assured that your donations will help the Regional Food Bank's partners have more food available for Oklahomans living with food insecurity."
Letter carriers in hundreds of communities in central and western Oklahoma collected food donations on May 11 from homes along their routes. Those donations were then sorted by hundreds of volunteers at post officesand then distributed to food assistance programs in those communities where the food was donated.
"Hunger is closer than you think. Letter carriers across the state see the impact of hunger every day," said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers' Food Drive. "Thank you for opening your hearts and donating to help your fellow Oklahomans in need of food assistance."
One in six Oklahomans live with food insecurity, according to the Map the Meal Gap 2019 study. Map the Meal Gap 2019 uses data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and food price data and analysis provided by Nielsen, a global provider of information and insights.
Join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank helps provide four meals for every dollar donated. To make a donation, visit feedinghope.org or call 405-600-3136.
The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is presented by APMEX.com and the Cresap Family Foundation. The drive is also sponsored by Allen Lund Company, American Fidelity, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, JAKE FM, KOMA, La Zeta, Lamar, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, News 9, OG&E, Oklahoma Firefighters Association 157, Printers of OKC, Riverwind Casino, Tapstone Energy, The Journal Record, The Oklahoman, Tyler Outdoor, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.