Letter Carriers Weigh In On Hunger

More than 307,000 Pounds of Food Collected in Oklahoma City Metro-Area

 

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – May 16, 2018 – While donations are still rolling in, so far more than 307,000 pounds of food were collected in the Oklahoma City metro-area as part of the 26th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. On Saturday, letter carriers in 194 central and western Oklahoma cities helped “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting donations from residents on their mail routes.   Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partners across the state.

 

“I want to thank the letter carriers and everyone who made a donation to help fight hunger in our state,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Thanks to your support, the Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies will have more food available to help feed our hungry neighbors. Thank you for your generosity.”

 

Many groups and individuals contributed to the success of this food drive, including letter carriers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and numerous businesses.  More than 500 volunteers sorted the donations at metro-area post offices as letter carriers returned from their routes.

 

If you missed your letter carrier, donations can be dropped off at Oklahoma City fire stations through May 16 and participating post offices through May 25.  Financial donations can also be made at feedinghope.org or call 405-600-3136.  For every dollar donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide the equivalent of four meals.  A $10 donation will provide 40 meals, or a $25 donation will provide 100 meals. 

 

“Thank you for donating and impacting the lives of our neighbors,” said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.  “Hunger is a silent epidemic and is closer than you think. One in six Oklahomans face hunger every day.”

 

Even though the one-day food drive is over, nearly 100 business locations in the Oklahoma City area are holding employee-driven food drives through May 25.  For more information contact Kallie Mikles at kmikles@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3193.

 

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is presented by APMEX.com and the Cresap Family Foundation. The drive is also sponsored by: AFL-CIO, Allen Lund Company, American Fidelity Foundation, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Commerce Bank, Devon Energy, JAKE FM, KOMA, The Journal Record, Lamar Outdoor, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Morning Star Storage, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157, The Oklahoman, OU Medicine, Riverwind Casino, Tapstone Energy, Tyler Outdoor, U.S. Postal Service, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

 

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.

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