Sam's Club to Fight Hunger in Oklahoma
Food Drive to Take Place in the Great Plains Region
July 13, 2012
OKLAHOMA CITY - One in every seven Oklahomans struggles with hunger every day. To help fight hunger in Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed 90,000 people per week. Donations are needed to help close the gap on the number of people who still need assistance.
”When we look at the need in our community, it’s alarming,” said Jason Schwindt, Club Manager, Sam’s Club Oklahoma City. “Our food donation program at Sam’s Club provided 38 million meals in 2011 across the nation to local food banks. We are grateful we can engage our members and associates to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to reach our neighbors in need at a critical time during the summer when donations overall can decrease.”
Most needed items for this food drive include: canned meats, cereal, pasta, rice, canned or dried beans, and peanut butter.
“Oklahoma is ranked in the top five states in the nation of people who are hungry,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “These food drives can be the difference between families having food on their table or going without.”
Every dollar donated will provide five meals for those in need. To make a monetary donation to Regional Food Bank, call 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.
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 1,000 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2012, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 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 446 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.