Oklahomans Joined Together to Fight Hunger in May

Food & Fund Drive Will Provide 3.6 Million Meals for Oklahomans Struggling with Hunger

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – June 21, 2016 – During the month of May, nearly 828,000 pounds of food and more than $590,000 were raised for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma through the annual Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. 

The donations raised will provide more than 3.6 million meals to hungry children, struggling seniors and hardworking families in central and western Oklahoma.

“Thanks to donations collected through this drive, our neighbors will have access to food this summer,” said Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “This food drive has achieved great success because of the support of the community, the sponsors, the volunteers and the letter carriers – all of which allow us to provide food for the hungry.  We appreciate all that you do for the Regional Food Bank and the people we serve.”

More than 170 metro-area businesses joined post offices in 198 cities in central and western Oklahoma for the food and fund drive.  The following individuals and businesses were presented with awards during a celebration event held at West in Bricktown on June 20 to recognize their part in the food drive:

  • APMEX – First place for raising the most meals by a company with 100 to 499 employees and second place for raising the most money overall.
  • American Fidelity Assurance Co. – First place for raising the most pounds of food and second place for raising the most meals by a company with 500+ employees.
  • Devon Energy Corporation – First place for raising the most money overall and first place for raising the most meals by a company with 500+ employees.
  • Schraad & Associates, Inc. – Second place for raising the most meals by a company with less than 100 employees.
  • Seagate Technology – Second place for raising the most meals by a company with 500+ employees.
  • The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber – First place for raising the most meals by a company with less than 100 employees.
  • The Oklahoma City Metro Firefighters - Second place for raising the most pounds of food raised.
  • The United States Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association and the National Association of Letter Carriers for their continued support in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.
  • Food Drive Chairs Bob Bearden, David Miller, Macay McComas, Noble McIntyre and Steve Riggs were all recognized for their leadership.

“We would also like to thank Devon Energy employees for sorting the canned food donations collected in the metro area Letter Carriers’ Food Drive,” said Bivens. “Through Devon’s ‘Stuff the Truck’ competition, employees assembled nearly six tractor-trailers worth of food in one day! This saved us nearly $4,600 in labor costs and allowed us to get the food into the homes of Oklahomans quickly and efficiently.”

Macay McComas, a member of Devon’s Community Relations team who coordinates the company’s various efforts to support the Regional Food Bank, points to two of Devon’s core values: be a good neighbor and deliver results. “It’s exciting to hear these results and know we made a difference with our volunteer efforts in the Letter Carriers Drive and ‘Stuff the Truck’ event, while also raising money to fight hunger in our community.”

The following 198 cities in central and western Oklahoma participated in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Aline, Allen, Altus, Alva, Amber, Ames, Anadarko, Apache, Arapaho, Arcadia, Ardmore, Asher, Atoka, Atwood, Balko, Beaver, Bennington, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Bison, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bokchito, Braman, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Bulter, Burns Flat, Cache, Caddo, Calera, Calumet, Calvin, Canton, Canute, Carney, Carrier, Cashion, Cement, Central High, Chandler, Chattanooga, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Chickasha, Choctaw, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crawford, Crescent, Cushing, Custer City, Cyril, Davis, Dill City, Dover, Duncan, Durant, Durham, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Forgan, Fort Sill, Fort Supply, Foss, Frederick, Gate, Geary, Geronimo, Glencoe, Goltry, Goodwell, Gould, Gracemont, Grandfield, Granite, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Helena, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Hominy, Hooker, Indiahoma, Jet, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Laverne, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Loyal, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Mannsville, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, May, Maysville, McLoud, Mead, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Milburn, Minco, Moore, Mooreland, Mustang, Nardin, Nash, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Norman, Oakland, Okarche, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Perry, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Reydon, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sasakwa, Sayre, Shawnee, Shattuck, Slaughterville, Snyder, Sparks, Spencer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Temple, Texola, Thomas, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Vici, Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Wayne, Weatherford, Weleetka, Wellston, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wright City, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.

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. To make a donation, or for more information, 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 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.

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