Local Businesses Encouraged to Join Fight Against Hunger

Food and Fund Drive Kicks Off April 25

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 7, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro-area businesses to join the fight against hunger by participating in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carries’ Food and Fund Drive, which runs from April 25 through May 20. 

“Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the country,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “With the current downturn in the energy sector, we need your help more than ever to help the one in six Oklahomans struggling with hunger. Please sign up your organization today so our neighbors will have enough to eat tomorrow.”

The Regional Food Bank provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide, and other resources for participants to raise donations. Organizations are also encouraged to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank, tour the facility, or invite a spokesperson to talk to employees about hunger in Oklahoma.

Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Monetary donations are also encouraged. In fact, every dollar donated will provide the equivalent of five meals to Oklahomans in need.

To participate in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive, sign up online at regionalfoodbank.org/FeedingHope or contact Clifton Roberts at croberts@regionalfoodbank.org.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive is sponsored by Devon Energy Corporation.  Presenting Sponsors include: Accenture, Chesapeake Energy and the Cresap Family Foundation.  The drive is also sponsored by: AFL-CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, Arnold Outdoor, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Express Employment Professionals, The Grainger Foundation, Homeland, JAKE FM, Journal Record, KOMA, Lamar Outdoor, La Zeta, LINN Energy, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Marathon Oil, Mercy, 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, Paycom, Riverwind Casino, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

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 49.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,250 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties

Together, we can solve hunger. Through April 30th, the Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and two anonymous families are offering to match every dollar given toward senior hunger relief, up to $120,000.  To make a donation, visit feedokseniors.org or call 405.600.3136. 

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 1,250 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 600 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.