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The Greatest Gift is to Help Others

Help Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

December 12. 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY –  ‘Tis the season of giving and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma needs your help to meet the increased demand for food this winter. 

“As you come together with loved ones to share and celebrate this holiday season, please remember those who are struggling with hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “There are thousands of hungry families, seniors and children who are counting on your generosity and compassion this winter.” 

To help meet the increase in need, the Regional Food Bank is turning to the community for help.  Here are five ways to give that are sure to spread holiday cheer:

  • Embrace the spirit of giving.  Through January15, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Carità Famiglia, L.L.C. will match all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank - up to $1 million! This means that every $1 donated will provide 10 meals for our neighbors in need.
  • Spread cheer and volunteer.   Whether it’s sorting food donations or helping at a Senior Feeding site, the Regional Food Bank could not serve the community without volunteers. Last fiscal year, volunteers saved the nonprofit nearly $3 million in labor.
  • Shine the light on hunger.  Visit the Downs Family Christmas, located at 2900 72nd Ave. S.E. in Norman, from 6 to 10 p.m. this holiday season to see more than 12 miles of lights flicker in the night.  While the show is free to enjoy, food and fund donations for the Regional Food Bank are encouraged.
  • Make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one.  Avoid the long lines and give the gift that never has to be returned or exchanged.  Make a gift in honor or in memory of your loved ones and make a difference in the life of a hungry Oklahoman.
  • Advocate. Go to regionalfoodbank.org and visit the take action/advocate page to send a note to local representatives and let them know that hunger is an important legislative issue.

Thanks to support from the community, the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week.

This food helps a young man and his family eat over the weekend,” shared a Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma School Pantry coordinator.  “His mother has recently lost her job so the bag of food he receives on Friday is very beneficial.”

Together, we can solve hunger.  For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.600.3136.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed 47.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 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 500 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.

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