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Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" May 14

Benefits Hungry Oklahomans

May 6, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - On Saturday, May 14th letter carriers will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by 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.

“This summer, the Regional Food Bank expects the demand for food to increase,” said Steve Riggs, food drive co-chair.  “The rise in food and gas prices, along with children being out of school, will drive more families to local pantries, for weekly groceries.  We encourage residents to join us in the fight against hunger. Every can and every dollar helps!”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in the metro, fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox the week of May 9th, or any plastic donation bag, with nonperishable food donations 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.

“We have a lot of people who come every month to get assistance from our food pantry,” said one partner agency. “The stories are all similar. Food Stamps do not stretch far enough; Social Security checks won't stretch far enough.”

Monetary donations are also being accepted at all Homeland Supermarkets, County Marts in Lawton, and all United Supermarkets in Oklahoma through May 10th.  These supermarkets have also joined forces with Made in Oklahoma Coalition companies to make it easier for customers to purchase items, like Shawnee Mills Cornbread, and leave it in the store for a local pantry to pick up.  In the metro, food donations from this promotion will benefit Cross & Crown, The Urban Mission, Masters Market, Living Faith Church, and the Salvation Army.

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

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 enough food and monetary donations to keep pace with the summer demand for food assistance, which continues to rise. 

The following 83 cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva, Anadarko, Arapaho, 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, 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, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood and Yukon.

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

Click here to view and download photos from the 2010 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

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.

Thanks to the following steering committee members: Feeding Hope Chair Ray Haefele; Letter Carriers Chair David Miller; Letter Carriers Co-Chair Steve Riggs: Letter Carriers Co-Chair Bob Bearden: David Carpenter, American  Fidelity Assurance; Brandi Scott, American Red Cross; Cindy Batt, Arvest Bank; Gerald Cockerham and Shawn Steele, AWG; Anita Reaves, Campbell Soup; Tim O'Connor, Central OK Labor Federation; Katie Collins, Chesapeake Energy; Sharon Neuwald, Community Leader; Kim Whyburn, Devon Energy; Joe Csordas, Enid Letter Carrier; Cheryl Brashear, Express Employment Services; Christina Bobbitt, First United Bank; Dave Heineke, Food Industry; Kelly Epperson, Homeland/United Stores; Kristy Boone, Ideal Homes; Angie Lason, Ingenux; Mark Staggs, Lawton Letter Carrier; Diana Erwin and Gaylene Stiles, Mercy; James Bryant and Sonya Dulan, National Association of Letter Carriers: Larry Hayes, Norman Letter Carrier; Marcus Evans, OKC  Fire Department; Terry Kennedy, Seagate; Keith Beltz, Shawnee Letter Carrier; Royce Thompson, Shawnee Post Office; Elisa Milbourn, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Barbara Royce, United Way of Central Oklahoma; and Brett Bowden, ValPak.

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” effort in Oklahoma , 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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