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Actress Olivia Munn Fights Hunger in Oklahoma

Joins Local Celebrity Council

July 11, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced today the addition of actress Olivia Munn to its Celebrity Council.  Members of the nonprofit’s Celebrity Council are dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging others to take action in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma 

Olivia Munn was born in Oklahoma, raised in Japan and graduated from The University of Oklahoma. The actress and best-selling author is a correspondent on Comedy Central's Emmy-winning hit "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and recently starred in the NBC sitcom “Perfect Couples” created by hitmakers from '30 Rock,' 'Friends,' and 'Seinfeld.’ Her first book, "Suck it Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek" debuted on both the New York Times and LA Times Best Sellers lists. Continuing to write, Olivia has written articles for The Wall Street Journal and Cosmopolitan Magazine. 

With a busy schedule, it's clear Hollywood heavy hitters have taken notice of Munn's rising star and talent. In theaters September 13, Munn stars opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan in the Wesinstein Co.'s comedy I Don't Know How She Does It, from the screenwriter of The Devil Wears Prada. She's currently shooting the movie The Babymakers with Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation; Lars and the Real Girl) and will begin shooting her new HBO TV Series from Academy and Emmy Award-winning writer/creator Aaron Sorkin, titled More As This Story Develops, starring alongside Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill and Dev Patel.

"When I learned that one in five children in Oklahoma struggles with hunger, I knew I had to help. I'm excited to work with the Regional Food Bank, an organization that's already working so hard to feed the hungry families, seniors and children in my home state," said Munn. "Oklahoma has given me so much and I plan to do my part to raise awareness about this serious issue and help stop hunger in our state. My grandmother always had a warm meal for someone in need... It's the Oklahoma way, and I'm proud to be an Oklahoman." 

The Council consists of a committed group of Oklahoma’s community leaders and local celebrities who have stepped up to raise their voice in the fight against hunger.  Members include:  singer/songwriters Graham Colton, Sherree Chamberlain and K.C. Clifford; Mayor Mick Cornett; radio personalities Jeff “Magic Man” Roberts, David Kelso and Mary “O” Esparza; Project Runway star Johnathan Kayne; Biggest Loser contestants Neill and Amanda Harmer and Lisa Mosley; Biggest Loser winner Danny Cahill; reality star, Travis Brorsen; Miss America 2007, Lauren Nelson-Faram; TV personality, Gary England; local artist, Ryan Cunningham; and photographer Samantha Lamb.

“We are incredibly grateful for the ongoing support from our Celebrity Council members,” said Rodney W. Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  “Their celebrity status allows the Food Bank to reach a much larger audience and take hunger awareness to a whole new level.” 

Oklahoma is the fifth hungriest state in the nation, where nearly 600,000 people are food insecure.  Even though the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides enough food to help feed more than 90,000 people each week, it is still not enough.  In fact, the Regional Food Bank’s partner agencies are reporting up to a 50 percent increase in need.

To learn more about the Regional Food Bank or to make a donation, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 405.972.1111. Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at Twitter.com/rfbo or Facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

 

Photo Provided by Olivia Munn

Above: Olivia Munn

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 fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.1 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 400 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry. Visit regionalfoodbank.org or scan the QR code below to learn more.

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