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Norman Family Lights the Way to $32,000

Christmas Light Show Feeds the Hungry

January 17, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. - The third annual Downs Family Christmas light show in Norman collected a record-breaking 8,860 pounds of food and $32,359, which will provide more than 230,000 meals to hungry families and seniors in Oklahoma.

"It is such a blessing to experience the giving of our community and the joyfulness in which they give,” said Kim Downs, who organized the light show with her husband, Chuck.

Over the last three years, the food and fund drive has raised $50,450 and 23,891 pounds of food, which provided 371,527 meals to the hungry in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

“We want to thank the Downs Family for creating and operating the light show with the idea of raising food and funds to help feed the hungry,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “These donations from the community can often be the difference between a family having food on their table and going without.”

One in seven Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day.  In fact, 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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