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Volunteers Celebrated at Regional Food Bank

Give Thanks for Giving Back During National Volunteer Week

April 22, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will honor the work of its volunteers as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week, April 23 through April 27.  More than 44,000 volunteers donated nearly 120,000 hours to the Regional Food Bank in 2012, saving the nonprofit nearly $2.2 million in labor costs. 

Planned activities for the week include prize giveaways, a DJ during Rock n’ Box, commemorative t-shirt giveaways, breakfast and more.

Volunteers are essential to the Regional Food Bank, processing more than 30 percent of the donated product that comes in each year. The Volunteer Center welcomes volunteers of all ages – starting as young as 8 years old all the way to 88 years young on any given day.  

“The kids were first mad at me when I had them volunteer, but then after they finished that day, they wanted to come back and do it again,” said Misty Swanson, a family consumer science teacher at Porum High School.  “It’s a good opportunity for the kids to experience giving back to the people who need it.”

Local businesses and organizations will support and band together with the Regional Food Bank to offer the following special promotions:

  • Tuesday, April 23 – Give Back Tuesday.  Random drawings will take place throughout the day with an opportunity for those who give so much to get something in return.  Prizes include t-shirts, tickets to special events, a gift certificate to Discount Tires and more!
  • Wednesday, April 24 – Sweet on Volunteers Day.  Regional Food Bank staff will show their appreciation for volunteers by providing fresh baked treats throughout the day.
  • Thursday, April 25 – JAKE FM Giveaway Day and Rock N’ Box Night.  Morning and afternoon volunteers will enjoy free tickets to JAKE FM’s New Face Showcase and enter to win CDs from top country artists.  That evening, volunteers will experience the famed Rock n’ Box alongside Stellar DJ who will play requests and offer karaoke between 6 and 9 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26 – Movie and Popcorn Day.  Watch a montage film featuring volunteer photos and enjoy fresh popcorn throughout the day.
  • Saturday, April 27 – Devon Energy Corporation Volunteer Appreciation Day. To fuel the morning shift, breakfast will be provided; and then, the first 500 volunteers will be awarded a commemorative t-shirt recognizing Volunteer Appreciation Day.  Okie Sno will be on hand in the afternoon to sell sno-cones to volunteers, with proceeds going to the Regional Food Bank.

Special thanks to News 9, JAKE FM and Devon Energy Corporation for donating items for Volunteer Appreciation Week.

To learn more about volunteering visit regionalfoodbank.org.  Effective May 15th, Regional Food Bank volunteers will be able to set up a profile and look for available volunteer shifts online. For assistance with navigating the new online system, email dhurlbut@regionalfoodbank.org or call 405-600-3160.

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 470 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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