OKC Regional Food Bank, governor launch food drive

Oklahoma
consistently ranks among the top 10 hungriest states with more than
675,000 residents struggling with hunger every day, Gov. Mary Fallin
said during a kickoff press conference Tuesday at OKC’s Regional
Food Bank.

Time
and again, Oklahomans have proven themselves to be the most caring
and giving individuals in the nation. Last year, Oklahomans from all
77 counties came together and donated more than two million meals in
time for the holidays. This year, we can do even more for the hungry
in our state,” she said.

Rodney
Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank, said the
majority of people suffering from hunger are children, senior
citizens and the working poor.

We’ve
seen the face of hunger in our schools and, of all places, senior
living centers,” he said. “We’re committed to fighting hunger.”

According
to Bivens, Oklahoma food banks collect enough food to feed more than
150,000 people each week.

Food
bank programs include local food pantries, soup kitchens,
after-school programs, school pantries, shelters and senior centers.

Citizens may donate food, money or volunteer their time.

Every
dollar donated provides five meals for Oklahomans who are struggling
to keep food on the table during the difficult winter months,”
Bivens said.

Non-perishable
food items can be donated at all BancFirst locations, Bob Moore
dealerships, metro area Love’s Travel Stops select AT&T
locations, the Regional Food Bank and their partner agencies. For a
complete list of participating businesses or to make a monetary gift,
visit http://www.feedoklahoma.org.

Bivens
stressed that the most-needed items include canned meat, canned
vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, peanut butter, rice and
beans. The food drive continues through Oct. 31.

Tim Farley

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