The Moore American

Local News

May 1, 2013

Carriers collecting items for food drive

MOORE — On May 11, letter carriers in 129 cities in central and western Oklahoma will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route as part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

Residents are asked to fill the plastic donation bags they receive in their mailbox the week of May 6, or any other plastic bags, with nonperishable food donations.

Contributors should place the bags by their mailbox on May 11 and they will be picked up by letter carriers.

The most-needed items include canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans.

Monetary donations also can be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 604-7109.

Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman. In Norman, the donations will benefit the Salvation Army, Alameda Church Of Christ, CrossPointe Church, Mission Norman, COCCA, the Spero House, ACTION and Advantage Church.

Nonperishable food donations also can be dropped off at participating post offices and metro-area fire stations.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised 806,068 pounds of food and $1,069,574 for hungry Oklahomans.

This year, the Regional Food Bank hopes to collect enough food and monetary donations to keep pace with the demand for food assistance, which continues to rise.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger effort, individuals can ask their letter carrier, contact their local post office or call Angie Gaines at 604-7109.

They can also email againes@regionalfoodbank.org, visit regionalfoodbankorg, facebook.com/regionalfoodbank or go to twitter.com/rfbo.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the state’s largest hunger relief organization. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week through a network of more than 1,000 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 470 million pounds of food to feed Oklahoma’s hungry.

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