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Farmers Insurance Group to Join Governor Fallin for Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive

October 18, 2012

ADA, OK – The Ron Batey Farmers Insurance Agency in Ada is joining Governor Mary Fallin for her Third Annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive to meet the goal of raising 1.2 million meals and help feed hungry families, children and seniors this holiday season. The month long food and fund drive will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and their partner agencies across the state.

“Time and again, Oklahomans prove to be the most caring and giving individuals in the nation,” Fallin said. “Last year, Oklahomans from all 77 counties came together and donated well over one million meals during the holiday season. This year, we can do even more for the hungry in our state.”

According to the USDA, Oklahoma ranks as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, with more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day.  The Oklahoma food banks provide enough food to feed more than 150,000 people each week with demand increasing during the holiday season.

“This is a great example of Oklahomans helping Oklahomans and we’re excited to be a part of it”, said Ron Batey, Ada area Farmers Agent. “Farmers and my agency have a deep commitment to the communities that we are privileged to be a part of, and this is just another way for us to give back to those we serve.”

Locally you can donate your non-perishable food items at the Asbury United Methodist Church located at 508 W. 6th St. in Ada, at the Ron Batey Farmers Insurance Agency located at 1003 Cradduck Rd., Ste. B in Ada, or at one of the many donation boxes in other local area businesses.

Non-perishable food items can be donated at all BancFirst locations, Love’s Travel Stops, Verizon Wireless stores, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and all partner agencies. Monetary gifts can be made online at www.feedoklahoma.orgUPS will pick up donations from BancFirst and Love’s locations in the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas and deliver those to the Oklahoma food banks.

Most needed items include: canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, peanut butter and rice and beans.

Co-chairing the statewide food and fund drive for Governor Fallin are businesswomen Laure Majors, Laura Watts and Marcia MacLeod.

The food and fund drive runs through Nov. 15 and Governor Fallin is encouraging businesses, organizations and individuals to make donations to her Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive in order to meet the needs of our hungry neighbors this winter. For a complete list of participating businesses, or to make a monetary donation online, visit www.feedoklahoma.org.  All donations are tax deductible and will benefit hungry Oklahomans.  For more information, email feedingoklahoma2012@yahoo.com.

About Farmers Insurance Group
Farmers Insurance Group began its journey in 1928 when two men who shared a dream of providing a quality insurance product at a reasonable price opened the doors to the Farmers Automobile Inter-Insurance Exchange in Los Angeles. In the decades that followed they've grown and adapted to meet the changing needs of Americans, but one constant has remained. They have an unwavering commitment to upholding the ideals with which they began by providing industry-leading products and services to the customers they're privileged to serve. 

Today, Farmers Insurance Group of Companies is one of the country's largest insurers of vehicles, homes and small businesses and provides a wide range of other insurance and financial services products.

Farmers is proud to serve more than 10 million households with more than 20 million individual policies across all 50 states through the efforts of over 50,000 exclusive and independent agents and nearly 24,000 employees.

Farmers co-founder John C. Tyler once said, “The measure of our worth is not what we have done for ourselves, but what we have done for others.” Farmers agents, district managers and employees make up the Farmers Family, and as a family they’re proud to give back to their communities.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
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 457 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.


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