OG&E Shines a Light on Hunger

Donates 222,000+ Energy-Efficient LED Bulbs to Regional Food Bank

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(OKLAHOMA CITY) — Aug. 14, 2018 - Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) is proud to donate 222,000 ENERGY STAR®-certified Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs to families in need of assistance as part of its energy efficiency programs. With the help of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, families and seniors living with hunger in OG&E’s service area across central and western Oklahoma will receive the energy-efficient bulbs throughout the year to help reduce energy use and costs. 

“Something as simple as replacing one standard incandescent light bulb with a LED can help customers reduce their energy use,” said OG&E Spokeswoman Kathleen O’Shea. “Every little bit of savings counts, especially for families and seniors struggling to make ends meet. We encourage all OG&E customers to take advantage of our energy efficiency programs to help reduce their energy costs.”

Volunteers from OG&E and CLEAResult packaged and prepared 18 pallets of the bulbs for distribution by the Regional Food Bank’s agencies, which includes the McFarlin Methodist Food Pantry in Norman.

“A client shared she just moved into a new apartment and did not have any more money,” said Rick Davis with the McFarlend Methodist Food Pantry. “We asked if she would like any lightbulbs, and she was relieved.  The previous tenant had taken all of the lightbulbs and she didn’t know how she was going to replace them.  Thank you for shinning a light in the lives of our clients.”

One in six Oklahomans has inconsistent access to healthy food. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are seniors, children and families working hard to put food on the table.

“We are so thankful for our partnership with OG&E and CLEAResult,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Thanks to their support, more than 1.2 million lightbulbs have been given to our Oklahoma neighbors struggling to make ends meet.”

OG&E offers a variety of energy efficiency programs and discounts to help residential and business customers reduce their energy use and save on their monthly bill. In the last several years, OG&E and its customers have helped reduce energy usage with programs like low-income weatherization, commercial lighting rebates and the SmartHours® variable peak pricing program.

The Regional Food Bank is the largest public hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed more than 50 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. 

Working together, we can solve hunger. For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-972-1111. 

About OG&E
Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), is Oklahoma’s largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes at rates below the national average. Our employees are committed to generating and delivering electricity, protecting the environment and providing excellent service to our more than 840,000 customers. For more information, visit www.oge.com, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ogepower, and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ogande.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. 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 close to 660 million pounds of food to feed Oklahomans living with hunger. For more information, call 405-972-1111, visit regionalfoodbank.org, find us on Facebook at.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/rfbo.