The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced Monday it received more than 4.9 million meals this year through the Give a Meal campaign, an annual partnership with Bank of America and Feeding America that provides meals to families in need in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma.
“At a time when many individuals and families are struggling to put food on the table, the opportunity to extend donor support through Bank of America's matching contribution is a tremendous asset in our fight against hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
The initiative, which ran from November to January, was bolstered by the bank's commitment to a two-for-one match, meaning that for every $1 someone gave during the campaign, Bank of America donated $2, making three times the difference. That helped to leverage donor dollars and bring more meals into the community, according to a news release from the food bank.
“Through the generosity of many, combined with the financial commitment from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation and the powerful collaboration of Feeding America and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, we were able to make a significant impact in the food security of families across Oklahoma,” said Tony Shinn, Oklahoma City president, Bank of America.
Along with the match, the bank contributed an additional $1 million to Feeding America's national office to help fight hunger, and bank employees participated in more than 300 hunger-related volunteer efforts around the country.