The last day of the month brings us the final nominee for the July edition of Sweatshirt Blanket’s Spread Your Warmth campaign. Today we are pleased to present the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
There are 500,000 Oklahomans at risk of hunger every day, including one in five of all children in the state. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributes enough food to feed more than 77,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through 700 charitable feeding programs and elementary schools in Oklahoma. The majority of those helped by the Regional Food Bank are the working poor, seniors and children.
On May 15, 1980, the Oklahoma City Food Bank became the 21st food bank created in the U.S. and the first in the region. A 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse was secured as the first distribution facility. The food bank continued to grow and expand and in 2000 it changed its name to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to better describe the area served by the Food Bank.
The food bank’s distribution was moved to the newly constructed Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center. After an expansion in 2009 that added additional warehouse, freezer, dock and volunteer space the facility increased in size to 150,000 sq. ft. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma currently serves 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma from its base in Oklahoma City.
More than 66% of the total amount of food distributed by the Food Bank has taken place since 2000. Last fiscal year (ending June 30, 2009), the Food Bank distributed 28.5 million pounds of food. In 2008, the Oklahoma Center for Non Profits recognized the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma as the Outstanding Non Profit for the state.
Thank you to Karen Perea who nominated Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the July edition of the Spread Your Warmth campaign. If you would like to learn more about this organization visit their website.
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