(OKLAHOMA CITY) – July 31, 2019 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Feeding America, Sam's Club and Walmart announced that the sixth annual "Fight Hunger. Spark Change." campaign raised $308,029 to help fight food insecurity in central and western Oklahoma.
Throughout the campaign, which ran April 22 through May 20, customers purchasing one of 267 participating items helped to secure the donation equivalent of one meal to the Regional Food Bank. At Sam's Club, each participating item led to the donation equivalent of five meals. Customers were also able to make donations to the campaign at the register. The 2019 campaign’s total was a $42,125 increase over the previous year.
"We are so thankful to Walmart and Sam’s Club for continuing to provide for our neighbors in need of food assistance,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. "The dedication of associates at Walmart and Sam’s Club led to a 15 percent increase in total donations which will go a long way in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.”
Nationwide the campaign raised more than $26.8 million, a 16 percent increase over the previous year. Since beginning Fight Hunger. Spark Change. in 2014, the campaign has helped to provide for more than 1 billion meals for those living with food insecurity, according to Feeding America.
Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation. The Regional Food Bank is the state's largest hunger-relief nonprofit organization, distributing more than 50 million pounds of food in the last year.
Volunteers help the Regional Food Bank save millions of dollars a year in labor costs. Volunteer shifts are available Tuesday through Saturday. Visit rfbo.org/volunteer to sign up for a shift.