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Volunteers Needed to Fight Childhood Hunger

Pack Summer Feeding Meals at Regional Food Bank

June 20, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Regional Food Bank is in need of volunteers weekday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon to help pack food for their Summer Feeding program. The Regional Food Bank’s Summer Feeding Program provides breakfast and/or lunch for students 18 and under over the summer months when school is out. 

“For thousands of children, the end of school means three long months of wondering whether or not they will have enough food to eat,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “The Summer Feeding Program helps bridge that gap until school meals are available again in the fall.  But the program depends on volunteers to assemble the food sacks on a daily basis.”

The Regional Food Bank currently needs 10 to 20 volunteers every morning to assist with assembling food sacks that are then distributed through the Summer Feeding sites.  To volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org/volunteer and complete the online registration form.

Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.   Last year, more than 44,000 volunteers donated their time to the Regional Food Bank.  Nearly 32 percent of all food that comes through the Food Bank’s warehouse is worked by volunteers.

Last summer, the Regional Food Bank provided more than 166,000 meals at 63 sites to children through the Summer Feeding program, which includes the federal Summer Food Service Program, and a private Feeding Our Future program sponsored by Sodexo.

For more information about Summer Feeding, or for a list of participating schools, contact Katie Honea at khonea@regionalfoodbank.org or 405.600.3141. To make a donation to Regional Food Bank, call 405.604.7111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.  

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 480 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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