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The Greatest Gift is to Help Others

Help Fight Hunger This Holiday Season

December 20, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – ‘Tis the season of giving and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma needs help more than ever to meet the increased demand for food this winter. 

“As you come together with loved ones to share and celebrate this holiday season, please remember those who are struggling with hunger,” said Bivens.  “Oklahomans in need are counting on you not just to fill their empty stomachs, but to give them real hope in the form of food.”

To help meet the increase in need, the Regional Food Bank is turning to the community for help.  Here are five ways to give that are sure to spread holiday cheer:

  • Embrace the spirit of giving.  Through January15, Chesapeake Energy Corporation will match all tax-deductible donations made to the Regional Food Bank - up to $1 million!
  • Spread cheer and volunteer.   Whether it’s sorting food donations or helping at a Senior Feeding site, the Regional Food Bank could not serve the community without volunteers. Last fiscal year, volunteers saved the nonprofit more than $2.4 million in labor.
  • Shine the light on hunger.  Visit the Downs Family Christmas, located at 2900 72nd Ave. S.E. in Norman, from 6 to 10 p.m. through January 2rd to see more than 12 miles of lights flicker in the night.  You can also check out the entire 2100 block of N. Markwell Ave. in Oklahoma City.  More than 15 houses are sparkling with an animated light show, which runs from 6 - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  While the shows are free to enjoy, food and fund donations for the Regional Food Bank, and its partner agencies, are encouraged.
  • Advocate. Go to regionalfoodbank.org and visit the take action/advocate page to send a note to local representatives and let them know that hunger is an important legislative issue.
  • Be a part of the solution.  To make a tax-deductible donation to the Regional Food Bank, or for more information about the nonprofit, call 405.604.7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org. 

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 464 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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