Letter Carriers Weigh In On Hunger

While donations are still rolling in, so far more than 307,000 pounds of food were collected in the Oklahoma City metro-area as part of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. On Saturday, May 13, letter carriers in more than 195 central and western Oklahoma cities helped “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting donations from residents on their mail routes.   Donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partners across the state.

“I want to thank the letter carriers and everyone who made a donation to help fight hunger in our state,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Thanks to your support, the Regional Food Bank, and its partner agencies, will have more food available to help feed our hungry neighbors. Thank you for your generosity.”

Many groups and individuals contributed to the success of this food drive, including letter carriers, volunteers, sponsors, donors and numerous businesses.  Nearly 550 volunteers sorted the donations at metro-area post offices as letter carriers returned from their routes.

If you missed your letter carrier, donations can be dropped off at your local post office or Oklahoma City Fire Stations through May 30. Monetary donations can also be made online at feedinghope.org, by calling 405-600-3136 or by mail at Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Attn: Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, PO Box 270968, Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968.  For every dollar donated, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide the equivalent of five meals.  A $10 donation will provide 50 meals, or a $25 donation will provide 125 meals.  

“Thank you for donating and impacting the lives of our neighbors,” said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.  “Hunger is a silent epidemic that is closer than you think. One in six Oklahomans face hunger every day.”

Even though the one-day food drive is over, nearly 125 business locations in the Oklahoma City area are holding employee-driven food drives through May 19.

For more information about the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, or to sign up for the Feeding Hope Drive, contact Natalie Wood at nwood@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3174.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food and Fund Drive is presented by: APMEX.com and the Cresap Family Foundation.  The drive is also sponsored by: AFL-CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, Arnold Outdoor, Ascent Resources, Bank of Oklahoma, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Homeland, JAKE FM, KOMA, Lamar Advertising, La Zeta, Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157, The Oklahoman, OU Medicine, Riverwind Casino, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, United Way of Central Oklahoma and Valpak.  Additional supporters include McDonald’s and the Allen Lund Company.

Thank you to the following cities for participating in the 2017 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive:

Ada
Aline
Allen
Altus
Alva
Amber
Ames
Anadarko
Apache
Arapaho
Arcadia
Ardmore
Asher
Atoka
Atwood
Balko
Beaver
Bennington
Bethany
Bethel Acres
Binger
Bison
Blackwell
Blanchard
Bokchito
Braman
Buffalo
Bulter
Burns Flat
Cache
Calera
Calumet
Calvin
Canute
Carnegie
Carrier
Cashion
Cement
Center City
Central High
Chandler
Chattanooga
Cherokee
Cheyenne
Chickasha
Choctaw
Cleveland
Clinton
Colbert

Comanche
Cordell
Crescent
Cushing
Custer City
Cyril
Davis
Dill City
Dover
Duncan
Durant
Edmond
El Reno
Elgin
Elk City
Enid
Erick
Fletcher
Forgan
Fort Sill
Fort Supply
Foss
Frederick
Gate
Geronimo
Glencoe
Goltry
Goodwell
Gould
Gracemont
Grandfield
Granite
Guthrie
Guymon
Healdton
Hefner
Helena
Hennessey
Hinton
Hobart
Holdenville
Hollis
Hominy
Hooker
Indiahoma
Jet
Jones
Kingfisher
Kingston

Konawa
Laverne
Lawton
Lexington
Lindsay
Lone Grove
Loyal
Luther
Madill
Mangum
Mannsville
Marietta
Marlow
Maud
May
Maysville
McLoud
Mead
Medford
Meeker
Midwest City
Milburn
Minco
Moore
Mooreland
Mustang
Nardin
Nash
Newalla
Newcastle
Ninnekah
Noble
Norman
Oakland
Okarche
Okeene
Okemah
Oklahoma City
Pauls Valley
Pawnee
Perkins
Perry
Pink
Ponca City
Crawford
Durham
Reydon
Prague
Purcell

Ringling
Rush Springs
Santa Fe
Sasakwa
Sayre
Seiling
Seminole
Shartel
Shattuck
Shawnee
Slaughterville
Snyder
Spencer
Springer
Stillwater
Stratford
Stroud
Carney
Sparks
Sulphur
Sweetwater
Taloga
Tecumseh
Temple
Texola
Thirty-Ninth Street
Tishomingo
Tonkawa
Tuttle
Union City
Vici
Walters
Washington
Watonga
Waukomis
Waurika
Weatherford
Weeleetka
Wellston
Wetumka
Wewoka
Wilson
Woodward
Wright City
Wynnewood
Yale
Yukon