Local Businesses Encouraged to Join Fight Against Hunger

Feeding Hope Fund and Food Drive Kicks Off April 24

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – April 12, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro-area businesses to join the fight against hunger by participatingin the Feeding Hope Fund and Food Drive, which runs from April 24 through May 19.

“This year, the Feeding Hope Drive is more important than ever,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Over the last four years, the Regional Food Bank has gone from serving 90,000 Oklahomans each week to 126,000 – a 40 percent increase.  Yet, there is still a gap in providing access to food for everyone who needs it. That’s why support from businesses is so critical.”

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation, where one in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger.

“There is nothing more fundamental than feeding your family, and that is what the Regional Food Bank is about,” said Fitzgerald.

The Regional Food Bank provides boxes, posters, a food drive guide, and other resources for participants to raise donations. Businesses 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.

“The Regional Food Bank does a phenomenal job setting businesses up for a successful food and fund drive,” said Macay McComas, Feeding Hope Drive Committee chair.  “It’s an easy way to get involved in the community and provides a great event for employees to get behind.  We hope every business in the metro area will sign up!”

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 of food assistance.

To participate in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive, sign up online at regionalfoodbank.org/FeedingHope or contact Natalie Wood at nwood@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3174.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive is presented by: APMEX.com and the Cresap Family Foundation.  The drive is also sponsored by: AFL-CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, Arnold Outdoor, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Express Employment Professionals, Homeland, JAKE FM, KOMA, Lamar Advertising, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, 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, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

This spring, Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors struggling with hunger.  Through April 30, The Charles and Cassandra Bowen Charitable Foundation and Okie Express Auto Wash and its customers have teamed up to match donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Senior Feeding Programs – up to $125,000.  To make a donation visit feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. 

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 587 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.

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