(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 11, 2017 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is encouraging families to sign up to volunteer on Family Nights to help fight hunger. Family Nights will occur each Tuesday, from Oct. 17 through Dec. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m.
“As the holiday season approaches, we rely heavily on our volunteers to help the Regional Food Bank meet the increased need during this time of year,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Family Nights are a great way for the entire family, including children eight and older, to come together to help us fight hunger and have a good time!”
Last year, volunteers packed 10.3 million pounds of food, or nearly 20 percent, of the food distributed by the Regional Food Bank. Additionally, more than 41,000 individuals volunteered their services, saving the Regional Food Bank more than $4.4 million in labor costs.
“We’re excited to add this additional opportunity for families,” said Sara Lorenzen, volunteer engagement manager at the Regional Food Bank. “They will have a great time while helping to make a difference for our fellow Oklahomans struggling with hunger.”
Oklahoma remains one of the hungriest states in the country. In fact, one in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to food. That’s why volunteers are so important. Every day, volunteers pack enough food to fill a semi-truck.
To sign up for a Family Night or other volunteer opportunities, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3161. Family Night shifts are reserved on a first come basis.
Together, we can solve hunger. To donate, visit regionalfoodbank.org/donate or call 405-972-1111.
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 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 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.