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Volunteers Crucial to Fighting Hunger in State

Saves Food Bank Millions of Dollars

April 23, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - Last week, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s volunteer center was packed with more than 800 volunteers who donated their time as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week.  To celebrate volunteers, the nonprofit teamed up with Devon Energy and organized special activities and events to thank volunteers for their time. 

“As an Oklahoma company, Devon wants to do all we can to help improve the quality of life in our state, and the Food Bank is an important partner in that effort,” said Phil Cook, Devon vice president. “We wanted to thank Food Bank volunteers for their hard work and commitment.”

Devon Energy and its employees served volunteers a complimentary breakfast and lunch, and provided them with commemorative t-shirts on Saturday, April 21. The Regional Food Bank is thankful for its volunteers year-round, but enjoyed the opportunity to give special thanks last week. 

“Last year, the Regional Food Bank distributed more than 46.2 million pounds of food to the hungry, and we couldn’t have done that without our volunteers,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Volunteers also saved us more than $2 million in labor costs.  We could not serve the community without our wonderful volunteers!”

Volunteers help the Regional Food Bank fulfill its mission of “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope” by sorting donated product, assembling food boxes, working special events and more.  Because of the work that volunteers do, the Regional Food Bank is able to provide enough food to feed more than 90,000 Oklahomans each week throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

Individual volunteer hours at the Regional Food Bank are available Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon and 1 to 4 p.m. with no appointment necessary.  Volunteering is also available on Thursdays from 6 to 9 p.m. through Rock ‘n Box, which is volunteering with a fun twist like Karaoke or a live band.  The nonprofit is located at 3355 S. Purdue in Oklahoma City. 

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma still needs hundreds of volunteers to help sort non-perishable food donations from the Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 12 at 19 metro-area post office sites.  As part of the Letter Carriers Food Drive, residents in more than 100 cities in central and western Oklahoma are encouraged to fill a plastic donation bag with canned food donations and leave it next to their mail box by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th.

For more information about volunteering contact David Tester at 405.600.3154 or email dtester@regionalfoodbank.org. The Regional Food Bank can accommodate groups as large as 200 with advance notice and planning.  For more information, visit regionalfoodbank.org.

Photo (click to view): Devon Energy employees volunteered at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Saturday, April 21 as part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

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


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