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2011 Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive

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The Letter Carriers’ “Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive” continues through Saturday, May 14. The goal of this fund and food drive is to collect $800,000 and 900,000 pounds of food to feed hungry families, children and seniors in Oklahoma.

Chesapeake Energy and Devon Corp. are corporate sponsors, food bank officials said.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is a month-long community-wide fund and food drive designed to promote the involvement of nearly every segment of the community in feeding the hungry by raising quantities of shelf-stable food, monetary donations and awareness of the hunger issue in Oklahoma. Business groups are welcome to join in the effort.

The Letter Carriers Food Drive is held nationwide and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Plastic bags are distributed by letter carriers across the metro and in outlying communities during the week of May 9th. Residents are encouraged to fill these bags with canned goods and leave the bag by their mailboxes by 7 a.m. Letter carriers collect the bags on their regular mail routes and turn them over to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank will provide 7 meals to those in need.

If a mailbox pickup isn’t possible, citizens can drop off food at any Arvest Bank location or any Ideal homes donation. Any resident who did not receive an official postal worker donation bag can use a supermarket bag for donations.

What if I forgot to get cans?

Make a cash gift, call 405-972-1111 or make a $10 donation by texting “CAN” to 27722 (message

Most needed food donations:
Canned meats
Meat-based soups
Canned fruits
Canned vegetables
Peanut butter
Rice and beans
No homemade or glass items please!

For anyone who has questions, contact Angie Gaines at againes@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-604-7109.
Last year, a record-breaking 855,000 pounds of food and $699,000 was raised through the event, which will provide 5.3 million meals to hungry Oklahomans in central and western Oklahoma. The goal of the food drive was to raise 700,000 pounds of food and $625,000 in cash. In 2010, letter carriers in 59 cities in 32 counties and nearly 100 metro-area businesses participated in the food drive.

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