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20,000 + Pounds of Kosher Food Donation Helps Tornado Disaster Relief Efforts

Meat, Poultry and Dairy Products Distributed Through Food Bank and Agencies

May 24, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – Today, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma received a donation of 20,000 pounds of meat and poultry, 840 pounds of Swiss cheese and 30 pounds of cream cheese to help fight tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma.   Chabad Community Center coordinated the kosher donations, which are courtesy of Agri Star Meat & Poultry LLC and the Masbia in partnership with the National Council of Young Israel.

"Our hearts pour out to families in Oklahoma," said Yaakov Labowitz, vice president of sales at Agri Star Meat & Poultry, LLC. "We recognize that in times of crisis, neighbor helping neighbor, often provides the most comfort, and a solid foundation for rebuilding. We have therefore partnered with the local Chabad Community Center to insure that a warm meal is available to those in need...that families have one less concern, as they set about recovery."

Upon recognizing the need for food for the victims, Agri Star Meat & Poultry quickly made arrangements to prepare 20,000 pounds of food for delivery to the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning in Oklahoma City.  Masbia, which provides food relief services in New York City, assumed the responsibility of raising the funds necessary to pay for the food to be trucked from the Agri Star facility in Postville, Iowa to Oklahoma.

"When given the opportunity to help those in desperate need of assistance, the National Council of Young Israel immediately answered the call," said Farley Weiss, President of the National Council of Young Israel. "As the people of Oklahoma begin picking up the pieces and contemplate rebuilding their homes and communities, we understand how vital it is that they get the support and relief that they need."

The Regional Food Bank is working with partner agencies to provide food to Oklahomans impacted by the tornadoes this week.  For more information about the Regional Food Bank’s tornado relief efforts visit regionalfoodbank.org/HelpOK.  Donations can also be made online or $10 donations can be made by texting TORNADO to 32333 (message rates may apply).  For more information about the Chabad Community Center’s relief efforts visit jewishokcrelief.com.

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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