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Help "Stamp Out Hunger" May 12

Donate to Help Hungry Oklahomans

May 3, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is turning to the community to help “Stamp Out Hunger” by raising more than 1 million pounds of food and $1 million this month through the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.  The event consists of a month-long food and fund drive in the metro-area and a one-day Letter Carriers’ Food Drive in 100 cities on Saturday, May 12th

“This food drive raises shelf-stable food and funds to help the Regional Food Bank feed more hungry Oklahomans throughout the summer months, when school is out and utility bills are high,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “When school lets out for summer break, the free and reduced-price meals, which so many children count on, will end when their classes do.”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger,” fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox the week of May 7th, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food donations and place it by your mailbox by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th.  Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans.  Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices between now and May 15.  Make monetary donations online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405.972.1111.  Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive raised a record 1,031,294 pounds of food and $1,061,072.  This year’s food drive is especially important, as food prices have increased as much as 30 percent and donations are typically down during the summer.  This year, the Regional Food Bank hopes to collect enough food and monetary donations to keep pace with the summer demand for food assistance, which continues to rise. 

“A client unexpectedly took custody of her school-aged granddaughter,” said one the Regional Food Bank’s partner agencies.  “With a limited income, she wasn't sure how she was going to feed her granddaughter until the next Social Security check came in. With help from our food pantry, she was able to receive enough food to provide nutritious meals for her growing family.”

More than 675,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger on a daily basis. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet. 

The Regional Food Bank is dedicated to “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”  Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. The Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans through a network of nearly 1,000 charitable feeding programs and schools in central and western Oklahoma. 

The following 100 cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva , Anadarko, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bray, Carnegie, Cashion, Chandler, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Coalgate, Comanche, Cordell, Cushing, Davis, Del City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fairview, Forrest Park, Frederick, Geary, Guthrie, Guymon, Headlton, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marlow, Midwest City, McLoud, Medford, Moore, Minco, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Nichols Hills, Ninnekah, Noble, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shattuck, Shawnee, Slaughterville, Snyder, Spencer, Stillwater, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, The Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, and Yukon.

Click here to view and download the 2012 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive Family Circus Poster.

Click here to view and download volunteer photos from the 2011 Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is presented by Executive Sponsors Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.  The food drive is sponsored by: AFL CIO; BancFirst; Campell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; Grainger; Homeland Grocery Stores; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Linn Energy; Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; the National Association of Letter Carriers; the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; News 9; OGE Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157; the Oklahoman; Oklahoma Natural Gas, a Division of ONEOK; 92.5 – KOMA; 93.3 – JAKE FM; 97.3 KKNG – King Country; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge; United Way of Central Oklahoma; the United States Postal Service; United Supermarkets; and Valpak.

Thanks to the Food Drive Steering Committee: Feeding Hope Co-Chairs -- Ray Haefele (Retired – Food Industry) and Brecklyn Ferrell from Lopez Foods; Letter Carriers Co-Chairs -- Steve Riggs, Bob Bearden and David Miller; Committee Members -- David Carpenter, American Fidelity Assurance Company; Brandi Scott, American Red Cross; Gerald Cockerham and Shawn Steele, Associated Wholesale Grocers; Cindy Batt, Bank of Oklahoma; Tim O’Connor, Central Oklahoma Labor Federation; Brook Coe and Katie Collins, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Anita Reaves and Sharon Neuwald, Community Leaders; Kristin Drake, CompSource; Macay McComas, Devon Energy; Amy Boyer, Express Employment Professionals; Kristy Boone, Ideal Homes; Diana Erwin, Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; Gaylene Stiles, Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; Larry Haynes, Norman Letter Carrier; Elisa Milbourn, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; David Carter, OKC Fire Department; James Bryant and Sonya Dulan, US Postal Service; David Heinecke, Retired (Food Industry); Jeff Johnson and Rick Quick, Rural Letter Carriers; Terry Kennedy, Seagate Technology; Barbara Royce, United Way of Central Oklahoma; and Brett Bowden, ValPak.

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” effort, 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 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 438 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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