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Community Raises $3.55 Million to Fight Hunger

Chesapeake Energy Corporation Match Inspired Oklahomans to Give

January 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanks to a $1 million challenge grant from Chesapeake Energy Corporation, nearly $3.55 million was raised in December and January to fight hunger in Oklahoma.  This is the third year in a row the company has stepped up and issued the largest matching gift challenge in the history of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. These gifts will allow the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to provide more than 17.75 million meals for hungry families, children and seniors in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

“By pledging to match contributions up to $1 million, Chesapeake sought to turn our gift to the Food Bank into a catalyst for even more contributions to feed the more than 675,000 Oklahomans at risk of going hungry every day,” said Martha Burger – Chesapeake Sr. Vice President – Human & Corporate Resources. “We are delighted to hear our match once again inspired the community to give generously to help their fellow Oklahomans.”

Traditionally, the Regional Food Bank provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, thanks to this generous matching gift from Chesapeake, a dollar donation will provide 10 meals to hungry Oklahomans.

“We want to thank Chesapeake and the community for stepping up to fight hunger during the holiday season,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Hunger is a year-round issue for many Oklahomans.  This match, and the donations from the community, are truly transformational and will ensure that many of our neighbors won’t go hungry this winter.”

The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 90,000 Oklahomans each week in 53 central and western counties, and the demand keeps growing. Most of those served by the Food Bank are children, seniors, and families.

“The Food Bank helps provide our students with food when they would not otherwise have food on the weekends,” said Rejeana Payne, principal of Thelma R. Parks Elementary School in Oklahoma City. “Students are then able to focus on school instead of their hunger.”

Last year, $3.37 million was raised through the match, which provided more than 16.85 million meals to hungry Oklahomans.

For more information visit regionalfoodbank.org or call (405) 604-7111.

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 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 467 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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