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Thanks a Million

Food Drive Raised Six Million Meals for Hungry Oklahomans

June 25, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thanks to the community, 806,068 pounds of food and $1,069,574 was raised in May through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.  The donations raised will provide more than six million meals for hungry Oklahomans over the hot summer months. 

“The donations from this food drive help our neighbors who are struggling to pay their utility bills and still have enough left over to buy food for their family,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.  “Thank you to everyone who donated to make this food drive a huge success.”

More than 150 metro businesses joined post offices in 100 cities throughout central and western Oklahoma for the food and fund drive. The following recognition awards were presented at a celebration party held at Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante on June 20:

  • Devon Energy Corporation for raising the most meals by a company with 500+ employees.
  • Devon Energy Corporation for collecting the most money overall.  Devon and its employees donated $760,000 to the food drive, which accounted for 71 percent of the total funds raised.
  • Energy Management & Controls Synergy for raising the most meals by a company with 100 or less employees
  • Lopez Foods for raising the most meals by a company with 100-499 employees.
  • US Foods for most pounds raised overall.
  • Food Drive Chairs, Bob Bearden, Brecklyn Ferrell, David Miller, Ray Haefele and Steve Riggs, were also recognized for their leadership.

Click here to view photos from the award ceremony.

The following cities participated 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, Healdton, 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.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive was presented by Executive Sponsors Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.  The food drive was 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.

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 living paycheck to paycheck.   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, providing enough food to feed more than 90,000 people every week.

For more information hunger in Oklahoma, or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111.

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 443 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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