Food drive to benefit Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma underway

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Updated: 4/15/2013 10:43 am Published: 4/15/2013 10:42 am

The Food for Families and Letter Carriers Food Drive, benefitting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and its 450 Partner Programs, began last week.

The Food for Families Food Drive is the Food Bank’s largest food drive of the year, annually raising more than 250,000 pounds of food to be distributed to those struggling with hunger in 24 eastern Oklahoma counties.

Local businesses, youth organizations and other groups can sign up to host a food or fund drive through the Food Bank’s website. Food and funds received before May 13 will be eligible for the Food for Families Food Drive Competition and the top three winners from each category will be recognized at an awards luncheon.

Individuals can donate by making a financial contribution online, visiting a local participating business, dropping off bags of non-perishable food items at any area Reasor’s location starting April 24 through May 13, or contributing to the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 11.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. On Saturday, May 11, people are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food items by their mailbox by 7 a.m. to be picked up by their local letter carrier and delivered to the Food Bank and its Partner Programs.

The most needed items include tuna or other canned meat, peanut butter, canned vegetables, meat-based soups, rice and beans.

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is the largest hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. The Food Bank distributes food through a network of 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma. These programs include food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, low-income after-school programs and senior citizen centers. Collectively, the Food Bank provides more than 247,000 meals each week.

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