okPORK Donates to Regional Food Bank
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nikki Snider or NSnider@okpork.org
Oklahoma Pork Council Donates $10,000 to Regional Food Bank
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – December 12, 2016 - At the okPORK quarterly board meeting on Dec. 9, board members and staff from the Oklahoma Pork Council presented a $10,000 check to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to purchase pork sticks for its Food for Kids Backpack Program.
This program provides chronically hungry children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, nutritious, shelf-stable food to sustain them over weekends and school holidays. This donation from the Oklahoma Pork Council will allow the Regional Food Bank to purchase 28,571 pork sticks.
Thanks to a matching challenge from APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation, which matches every gift received from Nov. 15 through Jan. 15 dollar for dollar, this $10,000 donation will have double the impact.
“Helping hungry Oklahomans is important to Oklahoma’s pork producers – especially during this time of year,” said Roy Lee Lindsey, okPORK Executive Director. “That’s why we gladly give each year to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. But the matching funds campaign this year is especially exciting because now the impact of our donation will go even further.”
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma CEO Katie Fitzgerald said the long-term partnership between their organization and okPORK is one that makes a difference in the lives of hungry Oklahomans.
“Since the Oklahoma Pork Council began partnering with the Regional Food Bank in 1996, they have provided a total of $112,000 in donations,” said Fitzgerald. “That equates to 500,000 meals for families in our state.”
If you would like to donate to the Regional Food Bank, please visit www.RegionalFoodBank.org. For more information on the Oklahoma Pork Council, visit www.okpork.org.
The Oklahoma Pork Council, a producer organization consisting of Oklahoma pork producers, represents the interests of all pork producers. Partially funded by federally collected Pork Checkoff dollars, okPORK promotes pork and pork products, funds research, and educates consumers and producers about the pork industry. For more information about this or any other programs of the Oklahoma Pork Council visit www.okpork.org or call 1.405.232.3781.
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.