(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 19, 2016 – Governor Mary Fallin’s seventh annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive kicks off on October 1 with the goal of raising enough food and funds to provide two million meals to hungry families, children and seniors. The month-long food and fund drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Food donations stay local and help residents struggling with hunger.
“While many of us can’t imagine having to skip meals to make sure our children have enough food to eat, it’s a reality for thousands of people in our state,” said Fallin. “This is an opportunity for all Oklahomans to come together and donate food and funds to ensure our hungry neighbors have food on their table this winter. I hope we can count on the giving spirit of our neighbors to help.”
Fallin is encouraging businesses, organizations and individuals to make donations to her Feeding Oklahoma Drive, which runs through Oct. 31, to meet the needs of our hungry neighbors this winter.
To participate in the food drive, or make a monetary donation online, visit www.feedingoklahoma.org. All donations are tax deductible and will benefit hungry Oklahomans.
Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation with one in four children struggling with hunger every day. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank include children, seniors living on fixed incomes and working families who struggle to make ends meet each month. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 people each week, yet it is not enough.
“Governor Fallin’s Feeding Oklahoma Drive makes a huge impact on the lives of Oklahomans who have inconsistent access to food,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Every dollar donated provides five meals and helps keep food on the table during the difficult winter months. We appreciate the support of Governor Fallin and all the businesses and individuals who participate in this drive.”
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed more than 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
For more information about Governor Fallin’s Feeding Oklahoma Drive, visit www.feedingoklahoma.org. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 644 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.