Regional Food Bank Wins $25,000 Upstanders Grant

from Starbucks Foundation

Award Celebrates Nonprofits Creating Positive Change

(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 8, 2017 – Thanks to community support, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was awarded a $25,000 grant from the Starbucks Foundation Upstanders Challenge. The nation-wide challenge was held in October and asked 501(c)(3) nonprofits to create two-minute videos illustrating how they are making a positive change within their community. The top 25 nonprofits creating the most “buzz” about their video through likes and shares on social media channels were selected to each receive $25,000. The Regional Food Bank was the only food bank in the competition to receive a grant.

“We are thrilled to receive this grant,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We cannot thank the community and our supporters enough for generating so much buzz about our video and organization. It’s truly an honor for the Regional Food Bank to be considered an Upstander by Starbucks.”

The Regional Food Bank’s video focused on the nonprofit’s Retail Recovery Program, which recovered more than $30 million worth of food last year alone. The quality, nutritious food is recovered from local food manufacturers, groceries and retailers like Starbucks. The video also highlighted the Regional Food Bank’s USDA-certified Protein Processing Center that provides high quality meat to the clients served through the nonprofit’s community-based partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma.

This is the second year of the Starbucks Upstanders Challenge, which identifies and celebrates people or organizations who do not act as bystanders, but instead make positive change in their community. The Regional Food Bank is also working with Starbucks FoodShare Program. Through the program, quality, unsold food from 30 Oklahoma Starbucks stores are donated to the Regional Food Bank and its community-based partner agencies. The program is operational in 21 Oklahoma City metro area stores, as well as Starbucks stores in Ardmore, Enid, Lawton, Norman, Shawnee and Stillwater.

It’s not too late to help fight hunger this holiday season. Thanks to a generous matching challenge from, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every donation made to the Regional Food Bank through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million. To make a donation call 405-600-3136 or visit After the match is met, every $1 donated will provide five meals for Oklahomans living with hunger.

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 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; find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at