Governor Mary Fallin has kicked off her third annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive, which begins Monday, with the goal of raising 1.2 million meals to help feed hungry families, children and seniors this holiday season.
The month long food and fund drive will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.
“Time and again, Oklahomans prove to be the most caring and giving individuals in the nation,” Fallin said. “Last year, Oklahomans from all 77 counties came together and donated well over one million meals during the holiday season. This year, we can do even more for the hungry in our state.”
According to the USDA, Oklahoma ranks as the fifth-hungriest state in the nation, with more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggling with hunger every day. The Oklahoma food banks provide enough food to feed more than 150,000 people each week with demand increasing during the holiday season.
Non-perishable food items can be donated at all BancFirst locations, Love’s Travel Stops and Verizon Wireless throughout Oklahoma, as well as the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and all partner agencies. Monetary gifts can be made online at www.feedoklahoma.org.
The food and fund drive runs through Nov. 15.