(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Sept. 28, 2017 – This week, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is thanking its volunteers for their valuable time and service through its annual Volunteer Appreciation Week. During the week, the nonprofit is giving volunteers handwritten thank-you notes from its staff.
“We wanted to let our volunteers know just how very much they are appreciated,” said John Bobb-Semple, director of community engagement at the Regional Food Bank. “If you haven’t volunteered with us yet, I’d encourage you to sign up. I guarantee that you will enjoy helping us fight hunger.”
Last fiscal year, 41,530 volunteers donated more than 184,500 hours of service, saving the Regional Food Bank $4.4 million in labor costs.
“Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Regional Food Bank and we are so grateful for their service,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We literally could not do the work we do without our volunteers. Thanks to them, we are able to direct more money toward feeding hungry Oklahomans.”
Volunteer hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Volunteer opportunities are also available both Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Regional Food Bank, located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City, accepts both individual volunteering and group volunteering. The Volunteer Center welcomes volunteers of all ages, starting as young as 8 years old.
“There is a need in every community for volunteers, it’s the least any of us can do,” said Mari who has volunteered weekly at the Regional Food Bank for three years. “I tell people to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank. It is very easy to sign up and they will love it!”
Volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including: bagging and boxing food products to send to partner agencies, repackaging large quantities of frozen food into family-sized bags, stocking shelves at the Moore Food & Resource Center and distributing food at Senior Mobile Markets. To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit www.regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer.
Together, we can solve hunger. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are hard-working families struggling to make ends meet, chronically hungry children and seniors living on fixed incomes. To make a donation, 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 hunger relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of Food Banks. The 501(c)(3) 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 653 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.