OKLAHOMA CITY - (June 22, 2018) – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Walmart and Feeding America® are extending their thanks to everyone who helped raise $218,631.68 for Oklahomans living with hunger through the fifth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign last April.
“By working with Walmart, its 14 supplier partners and Synchrony Bank, we had an amazing opportunity to make progress towards fighting hunger in our community,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “This campaign helped increase awareness about the issue of hunger in Oklahoma and raised $47,300 more than last year. We hope supporters across central and western Oklahoma know how important their participation was in this year’s campaign.”
Walmart, Feeding America and the Regional Food Bank exceeded the total meal goal for the 2018 anti-hunger campaign and want to extend a huge “thank you” to everyone who participated in the campaign to help raise more money and meals than ever before.
The fifth annual “Fight Hunger. Spark Change.” campaign kicked off on April 2 and ended on April 30. Walmart and Feeding America doubled their meal goal to at least 200 million meals. With the help of new partner Nextdoor, customers, suppliers and Synchrony Bank, the final meal count was more than 230 million meals nationally.
“Because of the generous support of our suppliers, customers and associates, food banks will be able to do even more this year to help families who are struggling,” said Kathleen McLaughlin, president of the Walmart Foundation and chief sustainability officer for Walmart. “We are passionate about fighting hunger, and through this campaign, we have taken another significant step to breaking down the barriers that prevent families from enjoying ready access to healthier, nutritious food.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger. For more information about the Regional Food Bank visit regionalfoodbank.org 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 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.
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