(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Aug. 29, 2017 – Through its “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign, Walmart has donated $132,823.51 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. This campaign was part of a nationwide initiative encouraging people to take action against hunger through support online, in-store purchases and donations at the register. Overall, the campaign raised more than $19.8 million to support Feeding America and its network of food banks, like the Regional Food Bank.
“We are so thankful to Walmart and its customers for their generous support,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “Walmart is a valued partner in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. Thanks to this donation, 664,115 meals will be provided to families working to put food on the table, seniors living on fixed incomes and chronically hungry children.”
This is Walmart’s 10th year partnering with Feeding America nationally to fight hunger and the third annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign. Over the last three years, the campaign has raised $411,954.36 for the Regional Food Bank.
“This campaign is a great example of our long-standing commitment to hunger relief and our dedication to ensuring that families have access to affordable, nutritious and sustainably grown food,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “Together with Feeding America, our suppliers and customers, we continue to work in the communities we serve to make a real difference for those who are struggling with hunger.”
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the 501(c)(3) 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 childhood hunger. Every donation to Food for Kids between now and Sept. 30 will be matched, up to $150,000, thanks to the generosity of the Masonic Fraternity of Oklahoma, Benvenuti’s Ristorante, David Gorham and two anonymous donors. To make a donation, visit foodforkids.us or call 405-972-1111.
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 653 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 Feeding America
Feeding America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.