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It’s the Most Wonderful Match of the Year

$1 Million Holiday Match Helps Feed Hungry Oklahoma Families;  $1 Donation Provides 10 Meals

Million dollar match

November 15, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – During the holiday season Oklahomans can double the impact of their gifts to help feed even more Oklahomans.  Between November 15 and January 15, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and a caring local family have teamed up to match every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – up to $1 million! This is the fourth consecutive year that Chesapeake has supported the organization with a generous matching gift.

“Thanks to Chesapeake and a local family, citizens can double their donations to help feed fellow Oklahomans struggling from food insecurity,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “Too many Oklahoma families face the tough choice of heating their homes or going to the grocery store. By giving through the $1 Million Holiday Match campaign you reach more Oklahomans in need, filling their holidays with hope instead of hunger.”    

The Regional Food Bank typically provides five meals for every dollar donated; however, through this match a $1 donation will now provide 10 meals for hungry Oklahomans.

“Giving back is an Oklahoma virtue and central to Chesapeake’s core values,” said Doug Lawler, Chesapeake chief executive officer. “We are proud to join with a generous local family to issue this million dollar match and continue Chesapeake’s tradition of supporting the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We encourage our fellow Oklahomans to support this worthy cause so that no child, senior citizen or family goes hungry this holiday season.”

Teresa Rose, Chesapeake senior director of Community Relations, added, “Our longstanding partnership with the Regional Food Bank has shown us the incredible impact this organization has on our state. Chesapeake is honored to offer this matching gift and encourages others to give generously to support ongoing hunger relief in Oklahoma.”

The Regional Food Bank’s administrative and fundraising costs are less than four percent. That means 96 cents out of every dollar helps feed the hungry in our state.

"I come to the Community Center to get a supplement on groceries to help feed my family when money is tight,” shared one client recently. “A lot of times, if it weren't for this place, I don't know how we would survive. My husband is an EMT, but the economy is just so bad that the middle class has become the working poor and we struggle to make ends meet. We have 3 sons that live with us, and coming to the Community Center has truly been a blessing.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, call 405.600.3136 or visit www.regionalfoodbank.org. Donations can also be mailed to: 

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Holiday Match
P.O. Box 270968
Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968

“No Oklahoman should ever have to skip meals because they can’t afford groceries,” said Bivens.  “Right now, you can provide a meal for 10 people in need with every dollar you give. Thank you for making the holidays brighter for our neighbors.”

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed 47.9 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans. With the recent reduction in SNAP benefits, the nonprofit is expecting a surge in the need for food assistance this winter. 

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization.  The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  For more information, visit http://www.regionalfoodbank.org; find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rfbo.

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