The George Kaiser Family Foundation will match donations made to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.
The foundation will match donations from first-time and increased donors dollar-for-dollar up to $150,000 through Jan. 31.
"The holiday season is always a time of great need among those served by the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma," said Phil Lakin, Tulsa City Councilor and GKFF director. "Additionally, recent cuts to food stamp programs will also make it that much more difficult for families to put food on the table. We are encouraging the community to give from their hearts and make their donation even more meaningful this year with this matching opportunity."
Last year, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma distributed more than 17.1 million pounds of food throughout 24 counties in eastern Oklahoma, marking the largest distribution in the Food Bank's history. While one in five Oklahomans struggle with hunger, the Food Bank can distribute four meals to those in need for each $1 donated.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for new donors, as well as existing donors who wish to increase their contribution to the Food Bank, and we are so grateful to GKFF for their generosity of matching donations again this year," said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Food Bank. "Working together, we can all help fill the plates of our neighbors in need this holiday season."
Monetary donations for the Community Food of Eastern Oklahoma can be made online at http://okfoodbank.org/