Oklahoma Companies Helping Oklahomans by Contributing to Regional Food Bank of OklahomaWed, 23 Nov 2011 09:07:53 CST
Thanksgiving is a time for introspection. For many families, it is a tradition to go around the table at Thanksgiving dinner and share one thing that they are especially thankful for this year. But what if you don't have a fancy bird, a decorated table or even family members nearby to celebrate the day? Where do you go? Who do you turn to? The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has been feeding hungry Oklahomans since 1980.
Six-hundred thousand Oklahomans will wake up today and wonder where their next meal will come from. Oklahoma ranks as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, but thanks to donors, volunteers and advocates, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is "Fighting Hunger...Feeding Hope."
Chef's Requested Foods has been a proud sponsor and contributor to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma since the late 90's with sponsorship of the annual Chef's Feast food and wine tasting event by providing all the beef and pork products for the meals created by the chefs. As part of its commitment to the cause, in 2011 alone, the company has donated in excess of 8,000 pounds or more than 1,100 meals of food to this charitable organization.
"As we see the continued need, the extraordinary vision of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma management and the efficient delivery of food to the partner agencies and those in need, we have made the Regional Food Bank our focus for corporate giving, as well as my charity of choice," said John Williams, president and CEO of Chef's Requested Foods.
Chef's Requested Foods is a member of Made in Oklahoma Coalition, a group of more than 30 Oklahoma food and agricultural manufacturers who partner together to support buying local products. Altogether, 13 of the MIO companies have donated more than 38 tractor trailers (36,000 pounds per truck) of food products to the Regional Food Bank.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2011, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record-breaking 46.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of more than 825 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week nearly half of which are children.
The Regional Food Bank's administrative costs are below 4 percent, which means 96 cents of every dollar donated helps to directly provide food to Oklahomans in need. For more information about how to donate either goods or volunteer hours or for information on how to get help, please contact the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma at 405.972.1111 or click here to visit their website.
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