Monday, November 19, 2012
Drive provides much-needed meals for hungry Oklahomans
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin’s third annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive ended Thursday with a record-breaking amount of donations. The drive exceeded the goal of raising 1.2 million meals to help feed hungry Oklahomans this holiday season with more than $359,611 donated and 823,278 pounds of food collected. The month-long effort will provide more than 2.6 million meals.
“I am continually overwhelmed by the support and generosity shown by Oklahomans in all 77 counties, and this year’s food drive proves to be no different,” Fallin said. “I want to especially thank all the sponsors and the caring people of this state who donated their time and resources to help feed our neighbors in Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a great place because of its people. Their support of this food drive will ensure more Oklahoma families have a better holiday season.”
The Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive benefits the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the entire state.
Food drop-off sites during the month-long drive included: BancFirst locations, Love’s Travel Stops, Verizon Wireless stores, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and all partner agencies. UPS picked up and delivered donations around the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas.
“I am extremely grateful to Governor Fallin for her work toward ending hunger and to the many people of Oklahoma who donated to the food drive,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “Everyone involved went above and beyond to help us exceed the Governor’s goal. With the holiday season approaching, we can now help even more families in need.”
Oklahoma ranks as the fifth-hungriest state in the nation with more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day. Oklahoma’s food banks serve more than 150,000 people each week with the demand increasing during the holiday season.
Bivens joined Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, to express their thanks to all the people of Oklahoma who made this year’s Feeding Oklahoma food drive the most successful one to date.
For more information on the food drive or to make a donation to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, visit www.feedoklahoma.org.