(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Feb. 14, 2017 – Today, employees from Love's Travel Stops once again joined the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in the fight against hunger through their annual “Share the Love” event. In total, over 150 employees volunteered their time to ensure Oklahomans would have enough to eat this spring by packing and sorting donations at the Regional Food Bank. In total, volunteers packed enough food to provide the equivalent of 7,690 meals for Oklahomans struggling with hunger.
“We look forward to Share the Love Day every year,” said Jenny Love Meyer, vice president of communications for Love’s. “Setting aside a day to encourage our corporate office to volunteer together fosters a spirit of community support and involvement. Volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a natural fit because they help so many Oklahomans struggling with hunger - we’re proud to be regular supporters of their mission.”
“Share the Love” began in 2014 as a way to commemorate Love’s 50th anniversary. Love’s corporate employees spent Valentine’s Day – a day reserved for love – volunteering at the Regional Food Bank. Love’s started the volunteer day as a way to say thank you to the community that is home to its corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City.
“We are grateful for the continued support from Love’s and their employees,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Since May 2013, Love’s employees have donated over 2,300 hours of service. Since 1993, the organization has donated $168,469 and 3,439 pounds of food, which has provide more than 845,000 meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food. Thank you for your generosity.”
One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger. Most of the clients served by the Regional Food Bank are seniors, children and families. The Regional Food Bank is the largest private 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.
Together, we can solve hunger. The Regional Food Bank needs volunteers year round to join the fight against hunger. For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer or call 405-600-3161.
For more information about Love’s visit www.loves.com.
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 587 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.
About Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores
Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 410 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 17,000 people. To learn more, visit www.loves.com.