Volunteers Decrease as Need Increases

Regional Food Bank Seeks Volunteers to Pack Food Donations in January


(OKLAHOMA CITY)  – Jan. 3, 2018 - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma seeks more than 3,200 volunteers to join the fight against hunger this month. Donations from the holiday season need to be sorted for distribution to the nonprofit’s community-based partner agencies in 53 central and western counties.

“January is typically our slowest month for volunteers, but it is also when we need them the most,” said Lindsay Echols, director of community engagement at the Regional Food Bank. “We encourage individuals, community groups and corporate groups to volunteer so we can distribute food to our neighbors with inconsistent access to healthy food. Every day, volunteers pack enough food to fill a semi-truck.”

Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 136,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Last year, 41,500 volunteers saved the nonprofit more than $4.4 million in labor costs.

Volunteer are needed year-round to help fight hunger. Volunteer tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, preparing fresh food for distribution in Hope’s Kitchen, processing protein donations in the Protein Processing Center, stocking shelves at the Moore Food & Resource Center and assisting at mobile food distributions.

Volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals are available Monday through Saturday and include morning, afternoon and evening shifts.The Volunteer Center welcomes volunteers starting as young as eight years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  To view available opportunities and register to volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer, email volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3161.

Another way to help fight hunger is by making a financial donation. Thanks to a generous matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation every gift received through Jan. 15 will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000 for a total impact of $1.2 million. To make a tax-deductible donation, call 405-600-3136 or visit regionalfoodbank.org. Once 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 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.