(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Oct. 4, 2016 – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is in need of nearly 3,000 volunteers in October to help fight hunger in Oklahoma. Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
“We encourage individuals and groups to volunteer during the week to help sort donations for our neighbors struggling with hunger,” said John Bobb-Semple, director of community engagement at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Every shift worked by a volunteer will pack an average of 250 meals for hungry children, families and seniors in our state.”
Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, boxing bread, packing Food for Kids sacks and more. Pillar Volunteers are also needed. These skills-based volunteers donate their time and talents to further the mission of the Regional Food Bank in “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”
"I think if people tried volunteering once they would be hooked,” said Lisa Toombs, Regional Food Bank volunteer. “It’s so easy to come in and feel like you have done something."
The Regional Food Bank is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. 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 Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Volunteer Center welcomes volunteers of all ages, starting as young as eight years old, Monday through Saturday.
Volunteers are also needed to help distribute donations off site through the nonprofit’s Senior Mobile Pantry and Fresh Food Mobile Market programs. Through these programs, volunteers meet a Regional Food Bank truck at a designated location. Volunteers help bag food, pass donations out to the community residents, and clean up after the distribution.
To view available volunteer opportunities and register to volunteer visit www.regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3161.
Last fiscal year, more than 42,000 volunteers sorted and packed more than 9.6 million pounds of food, which saved the Regional Food Bank more than $4.4 million in labor costs.
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 52 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,300 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
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 126,000 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 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.