Helping in the Heartland Encourages Businesses to Join Fight Against Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 20, 2016 – During this season of giving,, a leading online Precious Metals retailer based in Oklahoma City, is committed to sharing the gift of hope with Oklahoma’s hungry. The organization recently announced its decision to make the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma its “charity of choice” for the next four years.  The philanthropic partnership will include an annual major gift, opportunities for employee engagement through payroll deductions and volunteering, event sponsorship and much more.  

“We believe in the Regional Food Bank’s mission of ‘Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope,’” President Scott Thomas said. “The APMEX core values are perfectly aligned with the Regional Food Bank. Giving back and supporting our community are very important to us all and knowing that 96 cents out of every dollar we donate is helping feed hungry Oklahomans speaks volumes. Because the need is so great, it’s important for everyone to get involved.” encourages local businesses to join them and together help even more Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food. Statewide, one in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger.  The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 126,000 Oklahomans every week, yet it is not enough. Support from the community is needed to ensure that the Regional Food Bank is able to help Oklahomans who might otherwise go hungry.

“By partnering with the Regional Food Bank, your company can ensure children, seniors and families in our community receive nutritious food when they need it most,” Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Chief Executive Officer Katie Fitzgerald said.  “As many corporate partners have shared with us, it's a great way to boost employee morale and improve employee retention through teambuilding and leadership development opportunities. Businesses from all industries give their time, funds and resources to the Regional Food Bank because they know it will have an immediate and lasting impact in our community.”

There are many opportunities for businesses and community groups to help the Regional Food Bank.  Opportunities include:

  • This holiday season, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gift and feed twice as many hungry Oklahomans.  Thanks to a generous matching challenge from, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation, every gift received through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000.  This means that each $1 donation will now provide 10 meals instead of five.
  • One of the easiest ways to support the Regional Food Bank is through payroll deduction. Many companies allow their employees to automatically have funds deducted from their paycheck on either a one-time basis or recurring each pay period. Speak with your Human Resources Department to see if your company has such a program in place. If they do not, consider letting them know that you're interested.
  • Volunteers are needed year-round to bag and box food products, pack Food for Kids sacks and more.  During each volunteer shift, enough food is packed to fill an entire tractor trailer.  Volunteer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are also available Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“The entire team regularly donates their time and efforts to the Regional Food Bank,” Thomas said. “Recently in fact, 70 percent of the team volunteered their time one Friday at the Regional Food Bank’s headquarters. I am proud of my team for their continued hard work and dedication to helping the Regional Food Bank.”

Together, we can make the holidays a little brighter for families struggling to keep food on their table.  For more information on how your organization can get involved, contact Lisa Pitsiri at  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405-600-3136 or visit

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 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 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; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at