(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 10, 2019 - Metro businesses are invited to join the fight against hunger in Oklahoma by participating in the Feeding Hope Business Fund and Food Drive.
The month-long competition kicks off April 22 and runs through May 24. Oklahoma City businesses and organizations can earn points by donating funds, food and volunteer time to benefit the Regional Food Bank.
"The Feeding Hope Drive comes at a critical time in the year for vulnerable Oklahoma families," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "As we near summer break, many families will struggle to provide the extra food needed during the summer months when children are out of school."
The Regional Food Bank provides participating businesses and organizations with a food drive guide, donation boxes and an online toolkit of promotional resources. Participants can earn one point for every pound of food donated, four points for every dollar, 50 points per person for each volunteer shift and 10 points for inviting a Regional Food Bank representative to speak to employees or group.
Most needed food drive items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter and rice and beans. For every dollar donated, the Regional Food Bank can provide the equivalent of four meals to Oklahomans in need of food assistance.
To participate in the Feeding Hope Drive, businesses can sign up online at rfbo.org/FeedingHope or contact Jackie Dobson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-600-3193.
Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation. Last year, the Regional Food Bank served more than 616,000 unduplicated individuals, the most in the 38-year history of the organization.
Feeding Hope 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.