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AKiN'S "Checked Out Hunger" in Oklahoma City

February 6, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Thanks to donations from AKiN’S Natural Foods Market  and its customers, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will provide nearly 34,000 meals to the hungry in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.  Through the “Check Out Hunger” holiday program, AKiN’s customers raised $1,600 and the grocery store donated nearly 31,000 pounds to the Regional Food Bank.

"We are always glad to partner with the Regional Food Bank to help with the fight against hunger in our community,” said AKiN’S nutritionist, Mary Ann O’Dell, MS, RD.  "We thank all of our customers for their generous participation, making this a very successful Check out Hunger campaign.”

AKiN’S Oklahoma City customers were encouraged to add an additional donation of $3, $5 or more to their grocery purchases in November and December.  The money raised will help the Regional Food Bank’s efforts to meet the growing demand for food assistance through charitable feeding programs and elementary schools.  The nonprofit distributes enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week, yet it is still not enough. 

“Support in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma is vital now more than ever,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “We are extremely thankful for this donation from AKiN’S and their customers.  It will mean the difference between having food and going without for many Oklahomans.”

Hunger in Oklahoma is a serious issue.  More than 600,000 Oklahomans are at risk of hunger every day, including: the working poor, seniors and children.  Oklahomans can help fight hunger by donating to the Regional Food Bank, where every dollar donated can provide five meals to those in need.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.  Donate a portion of your refund to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma by checking the box for “Oklahoma Food Banks” on Schedule 511- G. A portion of your tax return can provide hope, in the form of food, to more families, seniors and children throughout Oklahoma.

Click here to download a photo of AKiN’s Store Manager Jenna Workman presenting the $1,600 check to 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 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 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 427 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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