(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sep. 8, 2016 – More than 67 Oklahoma City Police Department recruits volunteered their time to sort food donations at the Regional Food Bank on Wednesday, September 7 as part of Hunger Action Month. This month-long, national campaign works to inspire the community to take action in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma by donating, advocating or volunteering.
The police officers packed a total of 49,406 pounds of food over the course of three hours – enough food to provide the equivalent of more than 41,000 meals for the hungry in central and western Oklahoma.
“The Oklahoma City Police Department is committed to serving our community,” said Lt. Silvio Kimmel. “Volunteering together at the Regional Food Bank is a great team-building opportunity and reinforces the importance of giving back.”
The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 people every week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Most of those served by the Regional Food Bank are hardworking families, seniors living on fixed incomes, veterans, and children living in poverty.
“We simply couldn’t do the work that we do without support from the community,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “We are honored to have the Oklahoma City Police Department join our volunteer ranks and help us feed the hungry in our state. They are an incredibly hard-working group and our volunteer center has never been so well protected!”
Between now and September 30, every donation to the Food for Kids childhood hunger program will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Top of the World, David Gorham and two anonymous families.
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 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. For more information, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.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. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 116,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,200 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed nearly 644 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.