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February 3, 2010

'Biggest Loser's' Cahill fights hunger in Oklahoma

Cahill visits Regional Food Bank

NBC's The Biggest Loser Season 8 winner and Oklahoma-native Danny Cahill stopped by the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma last week to show his support for the "Biggest Loser's" Pound For Pound Challenge.

The Biggest Loser and Feeding America have partnered to "Lose Nationally, Feed Locally." For every pound Oklahomans pledge to lose at www.PFPChallenge.com, General Mills and other sponsors will donate 14 cents to the Regional Food Bank to help fight hunger in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

"I put on about seven pounds over the holidays that I'm pledging to lose through the Pound For Pound Challenge," said Cahill. "I'm training for the Boston Marathon, so I'm confident I'll shed those pounds again. Through the challenge, I'll be helping to provide nutritious meals to Oklahomans in need and that's a great feeling."

With 500,000 Oklahomans at risk of going hungry every day, the food provided by the Regional Food Bank's partner agencies is essential for many in critical times of need.

The Regional Food Bank helps to provide enough food to feed more than 63,000 Oklahomans every week.

Many Regional Food Bank employees have formed a team and have pledged to lose weight through the Pound for Pound Challenge site. For Cahill's visit, the team built a display of 239 pounds of canned goods to represent the weight he lost on the "Biggest Loser."

"I could no longer imagine carrying that weight around every day," Cahill said.

Statewide, Oklahomans have pledged to lose over 48,000 pounds, which will provide more than 6,700 pounds of food.

In the Regional Food Bank's service area alone, 975 people have pledged to lose over 31,000 pounds. Every pound pledged by Oklahomans provides a donation that stays in Oklahoma.

To join the weight loss challenge and help fight hunger in Oklahoma, visit www.PFPChallenge.com. For more information about the Regional Food Bank, call 604-7109 or visit regionalfoodbank.org.

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