History of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
On May 15, 1980, the Oklahoma City Food Bank became the 21st food bank created in the U.S. and the first in the region. A 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 200 S.W. 5th Street was secured as the first distribution facility.
In 1981, the Good Faith Donor Bill passed the Oklahoma Legislature relieving donors of liability for donations made in good faith, and the Food Bank moved into a 14,000-square-foot warehouse at 8 NW 8th in Oklahoma City. Then, in 1987, the Food Bank purchased a 37,000-square-foot warehouse at 30 SE 17th Street where distribution remained until May of 2000.
In 2000, the organization changed its name to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to better describe the area served by the Food Bank and the distribution was moved to the newly constructed Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center at 3355 S. Purdue. An expansion of the current site in 2009 added additional warehouse, freezer, dock and volunteer space – increasing the total size of the current facility to 150,000 square-feet.
In its first year of operation, the Regional Food Bank distributed 280,000 pounds of food, which is now distributed in about three days. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people every week with administrative and fundraising costs of less than four percent. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 460 million pounds of food to needy families.
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