Regional Food Bank Invites Businesses to Join the Fight Against Hunger

Participate in the Feeding Hope Fund and Food Drive This Spring

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – March 23, 2018 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma invites metro-area businesses to join the fight against hunger by participating in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Fund and Food Drive this spring. The goal of the drive is to raise enough food and funds to provide 2 million meals for hungry Oklahomans in 53 central and western counties.

“Oklahoma is the sixth hungriest state in the nation,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Over the past five years, the Regional Food Bank has increased the total number of Oklahomans served annually by 71 percent. Please sign up your organization today so our neighbors will have enough to eat tomorrow.”

The food and fund drive kicks off April 23 and runs through May 25. The Regional Food Bank provides collection boxes, posters, a food drive guide and other resources for participants to raise donations. Organizations 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. Businesses are also invited to a kickoff breakfast on April 3 to learn more about hunger in Oklahoma and best practices for fund and food drives.

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 four 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 Kallie Mikles at kmikles@regionalfoodbank.org or (405) 600-3193.

On Saturday, May 12, letter carriers in nearly 190 cities in central and western Oklahoma will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable canned food donations from households on their routes. Volunteers are still needed to sort donations at metro-area post offices on May 12. For more information about volunteering, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or contact Sara Lorenzen at slorenzen@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3165.

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, Allen Lund Company, American Fidelity Foundation, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Commerce Bank, Devon Energy, JAKE FM, KOMA, The Journal Record, Lamar Outdoor, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Morning Star Storage, 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, Tapstone Energy, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.

Together, we can end hunger. Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more seniors on fixed incomes. Through March 31, donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to fight senior hunger will be matched – up to $100,000. Together, we can make sure every senior has access to nutritious, healthy food. Make a donation today at feedokseniors.org or call 405-600-3136. After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide four meals for seniors living with hunger.

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 613 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. 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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