During Fiscal Year 2010, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies reported up to a 50 percent increase in the need for food assistance. To help meet the growing demand, the Regional Food Bank distributed nearly 582,091 pounds of food and product in Grady County through its network of partner agencies.

“In total, we distributed nearly 36.5 million pounds last year throughout our 53 county service area,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank. “This equates to a 28 percent increase over the previous year.  Yet, many Grady County residents are still struggling with hunger.”

Oklahoma ranks as the sixth hungriest state in the nation, where one in seven people wonder every day where their next meal will come from.  The Regional Food Bank currently provides enough food to feed more than 77,000 hungry Oklahomans each week. The majority of those served are children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet.

“This year, I have more families asking for all kinds of assistance-more than I have ever had since I began my career in education in 1990,” said one partner agency.  “Families need food, clothing, school supplies, medical assistance and more. Thank you for the support you offer.”

Thanks to the support from the community, the Regional Food Bank is able to fulfill its mission of helping the charitable community effectively feed people in need.

“Your donations are crucial to helping fight hunger in Grady County,” said Bivens.

“The Regional Food Bank’s administrative costs are below three percent, which means 97 cents of every dollar donated helps provide food to Oklahomans in need.”

Join the fight against hunger.  Make a tax-deductible donation, or learn more about volunteering, by calling 405.972.1111 or visit regionalfoodbank.org

Connect online with the Regional Food Bank at twitter.com/rfbo or facebook.com/regionalfoodbank.

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