The season for canned food drives may be over, but the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is holding a fundraising campaign to start off the new year.
The nonprofit’s Holiday Match campaign is still running through January 15. Monetary donations up to  $600,000 will be matched by, The Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation.
The organization helps nonprofits and other groups
statewide, including those in Ardmore. Broadway House executive director David Lowden said the organization mainly relies on the food bank for supplies.
“We order from them every month,” Lowden said. “We get food, but also cleaning supplies and paper products at a discounted rate.”
Broadway House orders between 1,000 and 1,500 pounds of food from the center a month. Lowden said they buy some groceries, but the center accounts for most of their food.
“When we pick up that order, they sometimes donate other things,” Lowden said. “If they have extras, they call us and we pick it up. They really help us out a lot.”
The Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma also receives help from the food bank, but in a slightly different way. Head residential supervisor Phyllis Ellison said the shelter works with the food bank to get donations from local grocery stores like Homeland and Save-A-Lot.
“We contact them and when they have surplus available, we bring it back to the shelter,” Ellison said. “We’re working through the actual stores.”
The food bank is able to provide roughly five meals for every dollar donated. Donations can be made by calling (405) 600-3136, online at or through the mail at P.O. Box 270968 Oklahoma City, OK, 73137.