Food drive donations helped disaster relief

Published: June 26, 2013

When Oklahomans responded generously to the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers' Food Drive in May, little did we know that the food would be needed to not only feed those struggling with hunger in central and western Oklahoma, but also those recovering from recent storms. Thanks to this generosity, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma could respond quickly to disaster relief.

I'm proud of the way this community supports efforts to feed the hungry — but none more so than this year. Because of your support, Oklahomans who are struggling to recover and rebuild their lives will have one less thing to worry about. I'm humbled by the outpouring of support but not surprised by it. Oklahomans care about their neighbors and will give you a safe place to sleep, a cold drink of water, a hot meal or a warm embrace.

The monthlong food drive had the backing of corporate sponsors, led by Devon, Chesapeake, The Oklahoman, the U.S. Postal Service and many others; letter carriers in 126 cities; thousands of volunteers; and individuals who filled plastic bags with canned food for their letter carrier to pick up on May 11. More than $1.3 million and nearly 885,000 pounds of food were raised.

Thank you for “Fighting Hunger … Feeding Hope” alongside the Regional Food Bank as we work to provide food for our neighbors who are struggling with hunger on a daily basis and our neighbors who experienced incomprehensible losses from the recent storms.

Rodney Bivens, Oklahoma City

Bivens is executive director and CEO of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. To contribute, go to or call (405) 604-7111.

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