This Saturday, May 10, letter carriers in Altus and 127 other cities in central and western Oklahoma will “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting canned food donations from households on their route. In Altus, donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies Southwest OK Community Action. This is through the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is presented by Devon Energy Corporation.
To help “Stamp Out Hunger” in Altus, fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox this week, or any plastic bag, with canned food donations and place it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 10 before your letter carrier arrives. Your letter carrier will do the rest.
“The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is more important than ever,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “The Regional Food Bank is down nearly 3.4 million pounds of donated food compared to last year, and we are asking the community to help us by donating canned items through the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Together, we can solve hunger.”
Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans. Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices. Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405.972.1111. Every dollar donated will provide five meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.
Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised more than 885,000 pounds of food and $1.3 million, which provided more than 7.3 million meals for hungry children, families and seniors in central and western Oklahoma. Since 1993, 7.1 million pounds of food has been donated through the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive to fight hunger in Oklahoma.
The following cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva, Anadarko, Apache, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Beaver, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Boley, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Byng, Cache, Calera, Cashion, Central High, Chandler, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crescent, Cushing, Cyril, Davis, Del City, Dickson, Dill City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Frederick, Geary, Geronimo, Goodwell, Gracemont, Grandfield, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hooker, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Langston, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Luther, Madill, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, McLoud, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Minco, Moore, Mooreland, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Norman, Oakland, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Ponca City, Prague, Purcell, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shawnee, Spencer, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, The Village, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Wayne, Weatherford, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.
For more information about the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is presented by Presenting sponsor, Devon Energy; Executive Sponsors: Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Accenture. The food drive is also supported by: AFL CIO, American Fidelity Foundation, BancFirst, Express Employment Professionals, Feeding America, The Grainger Foundation, Homeland Grocery Stores, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, La Zeta, LINN Energy, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores, Magic 104.1 KMGL, Mercy, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Association of Rural Letter Carriers, News 9, 93.3 – JAKE FM, OGE Energy Corp., Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157, The Oklahoman, Paycom, Riverwind Casino, SandRidge Energy, Seagate Technology, Tyler Outdoor, United Way of Central Oklahoma, the United States Postal Service, United Supermarkets, and Valpak.
Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. In Fiscal Year 2013, the nonprofit distributed nearly 48 million pounds of food and products through a network of more than 1,100 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. Each week, the organization provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans.