Tuesday, November 1, 2016
OKLAHOMA CITY - Governor Mary Fallin on Monday successfully concluded her seventh annual Feeding Oklahoma Drive. The month-long drive benefitted the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.
“As governor of the great state of Oklahoma, I am always proud of how generous our citizens can be,” said Fallin. “That generosity is never more evident than when neighbors help neighbors; that’s what you’ve done by supporting my Feeding Oklahoma Drive. You have helped put food on the table for thousands of hungry Oklahomans and I am so grateful. Thank you for joining me, and the Oklahoma food banks, in fighting hunger and feeding hope.”
Oklahoma consistently ranks as one of the hungriest states in the nation. The Feeding Oklahoma Drive comes at a critical time, as the need for food assistance increases during the winter. This year, the governor’s goal was to raise enough food and funds to provide two million meals to help feed hungry Oklahoma families, children and seniors.
Preliminary numbers indicate the goal has been surpassed with a final report planned for release in the coming weeks. For more on this year’s Feeding Oklahoma Drive visit feedingoklahoma.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The drive was chaired by businesswoman Laure Majors. Participating Feeding Oklahoma Drive businesses included: Advance Pierre Foods, AT&T, BancFirst BP America, Bob Moore OKC, Chickasaw Nation, Cleveland County Abstract Co., ConocoPhillips, Devon Energy, Dobson Technologies, Dolese Brothers, Frates Insurance & Risk Management, First Mortgage Company, Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates, P.C., INTEGRIS, JP Morgan Chase, Lamar Advertising Company, Lopez Foods, Love's Travel Shops & Country Stores, Mustang Fuel Corporation, Mustang High School POM Squad, Northrup Grumman, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma State University - Leadership and Campus Life, Riverwind Casino, The Boeing Company, The Boldt Company, University of Oklahoma, Verizon and Walmart.
Last fiscal year, the Regional Food Bank and Community Food Bank distributed more than 73.1 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,700 charitable feeding programs and schools across Oklahoma.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest private, domestic hunger-relief organization and a member of Feeding America’s network of food banks. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,300 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 644 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.
About the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
Founded in 1981, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is one of the largest, private hunger-relief organizations in Oklahoma. It distributes donated items to 450 partner programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. These programs include emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, shelters and veteran and senior citizen centers. In addition, the food bank helps raise public awareness about hunger and the role of food banking in alleviating hunger. For more information, visit okfoodbank.org.