(Oklahoma City) – Jan.30, 2018–– Thanks to the generosity of APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and generous Oklahomans, more than $4.2 million was raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the nonprofit’s Holiday Match campaign.
“Hunger never takes a holiday," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “It is something that our neighbors face every day. Thanks to the generous matching gifts from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy, financial donations made between Nov. 15 and Jan. 15 were matched – up to $600,000. We are grateful for their support and for the amazing response from the generous donors.”
In total, financial donations raised through the match will provide more than 21.1 million meals for Oklahomans struggling to make ends meet this winter.
“The issue of hunger is widespread in our state and affects countless families, children, seniors and veterans,” said John Cresap with the Cresap Family Foundation. “We are immensely proud to partner with the Regional Food Bank, Chesapeake Energy and APMEX.com and provide incentive for others to join the fight against hunger.”
Oklahoma is consistently one of the hungriest states in the nation. In fact, one in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to healthy food.
"There is no greater need in our community than feeding a hungry child,” said William Buergler, Chesapeake senior vice president and Regional Food Bank Foundation board chair. “Thank you to our fellow Oklahomans who responded so generously, maximizing our corporate match to help our neighbors in need of food.”
The need for food assistance in Oklahoma continues to rise. Last year, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 43.4 million meals to Oklahomans living with hunger in central and western Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank anticipates this number to increase this year, which is why the Holiday Match was so important.
“The 2017 Holiday Match campaign was a big success and will make a great impact throughout our state. It has also been an honor to deepen our partnership with the Regional Food Bank and help support this initiative,” said Scott Thomas, APMEX.com president. “I am proud of our community for stepping up to make a difference for thousands of Oklahomans who struggle with food insecurity, but we can’t stop there. The need is so great year-round that I hope this success encourages more of us to donate and volunteer to continue giving back to those who need it the most.”
It’s not too late to join the fight against hunger. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111 to make a tax deductible donation today or learn more about volunteering.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 136,000 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 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. 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.