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Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Welcomes Hunger Fighters

Community Invited to Participate in MLK Day of Service

January 13, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is encouraging Oklahomans to make their Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday “a day on, not a day off” by volunteering on Monday, January 17th to help in the effort to feed families across the state.

“This holiday is intended to strengthen and empower the community while fighting issues like hunger and poverty,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Dr. King united people of all backgrounds to act on community issues, and this National Day of Service will allow Oklahomans to honor his legacy by serving others.”

Many families and volunteer groups have already answered the call to action by signing up for a day of service at the Regional Food Bank. There is still room in the volunteer center Monday for volunteers to bag and box food, assist with food drives and more.

Individual volunteers can show up at the Regional Food Bank, located at 3355 S. Purdue, during normal volunteer hours and do not need to make an appointment. Groups of five or more should contact Jamie Treadaway at volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.600.3154 to schedule an appointment for volunteering.

The Regional Food Bank’s volunteer center is also open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by appointment on Sundays and weeknights.  Evening volunteer opportunities are also available Thursday nights from 6 to 9 p.m. during Rock N’ Box, where volunteers pack boxes while listening to music from a live band or DJ.

Last year, volunteers donated more than 64,000 hours saving the Regional Food Bank over $1 million in labor costs. 

The demand for food assistance, and therefore the need for volunteers, continues to rise.  Last month, the Regional Food Bank distributed 50 percent more food compared to the same time last year.

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma.  Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation – ranking fifth in food insecurity. 

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org, call 405.972.1111, or text OK to 27722 (data and message rates apply).   Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 374 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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