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Leave Canned Donations by Mailbox Saturday

May 12, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - This Saturday, letter carriers are collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and its partner agencies.  This is part of the Regional Food Bank’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is a one-day food drive in 83 cities in central and western Oklahoma and a month-long food drive with businesses in the metro-area.

“We have seen a great increase of food baskets from 50 in 2009 to 240 just this last month,” said one partner agency.  “I can't explain how much this food drive will help our food pantry.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger”, fill the plastic donation bag you received in the mail, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food donations and leave by your mailbox by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 14th.  Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org, by calling 405.972.1111 or by texting “Can” to 27722 to make a $10 donation (data and message rates apply).  Every dollar donated will provide seven meals for a hungry neighbor in need.

Canned food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices.

As the state’s largest private hunger-relief charity, the Regional Food Bank distributes enough food to feed more than 77,000 people each week through its network of partner agencies; yet it is still not enough. 

“The Regional Food Bank is distributing more food than we have in our warehouse right now,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “With the increase in food and fuel prices and children out of school for the summer, more Oklahomans are turning to local food pantries to keep food on their table. Please help meet the need by donating to the food drive on Saturday.”

Last year, the Regional Food Bank collected 857,000 pounds of food and $701,000 in 51 cities through the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive.  This year, the Regional Food Bank hopes to collect 900,000 pounds of food and $800,000. 

The following 83 cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva, Anadarko, Arapaho, Arcadia, Ardmore, Atoka, Bethany, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Cashion, Chandler, Cherokee, Chickasha, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Comanche, Cordell, Cushing, Davis, Del City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Fairview, Frederick, Geary, Guthrie, Guymon, Healdton, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Jones, Kingfisher, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marlow, McLoud, Medford, Midwest City, Minco, Moore, Mustang, Nichols Hills, Newalla, Newcastle, Noble, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Perry, Piedmont, Ponca City, Purcell, Sayre, Seminole, Shawnee, Slaughterville, Spencer, Stillwater, Stroud, Sulphur, Tecumseh, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Village, Warr Acres, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood and Yukon.

Click here to view and download the 2011 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Family Circus Poster.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is sponsored by: Executive Sponsors Devon Energy and Chesapeake Energy; AFL CIO; American Fidelity Foundation; BancFirst; Bank of Oklahoma; Campbell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; First United Bank; Homeland Grocery Store; 93.3 JAKE FM; 97.3 KKNG; 92.5 KOMA; Linn Energy; Love’s Travel Shops & County Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; National Association of Letter Carriers; National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; News 9; OGE Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City Firefighters IAFF Local #157; The Oklahoman; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge Energy, Inc.; Seagate Technology; United Supermarkets; United States Postal Service; United Way of Central Oklahoma; and Valpak.

For more information ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email againes@regionalfoodbank.org.  You can also visit regionalfoodbank.org, facebook.com/regionalfoodbank, or twitter.com/rfbo.

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 700 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 36.5 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 391 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Visit regionalfoodbank.org to see the new counter that tracks the pounds and meals distributed every second.

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