Volunteers Needed at Regional Food Bank Following Severe Storms

Residents Urged to Help Fill Volunteer Shifts in Wake of Tragic Storms and Widespread Flooding

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 30, 2019 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is seeking more than 2,000 volunteers for the month of June. A variety of activities are available during shifts Monday through Saturday at the Volunteer Center. Volunteers can help bag and box food for regular programs and disaster relief, sort and pack meat products in the Protein Packaging Center, as well as package meals in Hope’s Kitchen for the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids Summer Feeding Program.

In the wake of severe weather and flooding, The Regional Food Bank is working alongside the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and other food banks and disaster relief organizations in the region, to ensure water and food is available to those who have experienced recent and on-going disasters. The Regional Food Bank has also deployed staff members to assist relief efforts in impacted communities throughout the region. This is in addition to meeting the everyday needs of the one in six Oklahomans living with hunger.

"Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Regional Food Bank, especially when we are responding to disasters in our state and region. I encourage anyone who can help to sign up for a volunteer shift today," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. Volunteers are vital to our response as we continue to support our network of more than 1,250 partners across the 53 counties we serve in central and western Oklahoma, in addition to the rising needs in impacted communities.

If you would like to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank, visit rfbo.org/volunteer

With rain and more severe weather in the forecast, the Regional Food Bank and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma - the Oklahoma Food Banks - are monitoring the situation and working in a leadership role with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) to coordinate relief where it is needed.

VOAD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership-based organization comprised of the Oklahoma Food Banks as well as disaster response organizations such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, and 2-1-1, with the mission of fostering more effective service to people affected by disaster. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma also coordinates relief efforts as a member of the Feeding America network.

Monetary donations are the best way to help the Oklahoma Food Banks to efficiently meet specific needs as they arise. Disaster relief donations can be made to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma at okfoodbank.org/disaster-relief. Donations to the Regional Food Bank can be made by visiting rfbo.org/HelpOK.

The Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa Area United Way have established the Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma which will aid nonprofits in helping residents impacted by the storms. Donations can be made to the fund by visiting tulsacf.org/2019storms.