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Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” May 12, Benefits Oklahomans

Staff Report

On Saturday, May 12th letter carriers in 100 cities (including Oklahoma City( will help “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting nonperishable food donations from households on their route. This is part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.

“This summer, the Regional Food Bank expects the demand for food to increase,” said Steve Riggs, food drive co-chair. “The rise in food and fuel prices, along with children being out of school, will drive more families to local pantries for weekly groceries. We encourage residents to join us in the fight against hunger. Every can and every dollar helps!”

To help “Stamp Out Hunger,” fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox the week of May 7th, or any plastic bag, with nonperishable food donations and place it by your mailbox by 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 12th. Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans. Monetary donations can also be made online at or by calling 405.972.1111. Every dollar donated will provide five meals for a hungry Oklahoman.

“We have a lot of people who come every month to get assistance from our food pantry,” said one partner agency. “The stories are all similar. Food Stamps do not stretch far enough; Social Security checks won’t stretch far enough.”

Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices between now and May 15.

Last year, the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive raised a record 1,031,294 pounds of food and $1,061,072, which provided more than 8.2 million meals for hungry Oklahomans. This year’s food drive is especially important as food prices have increased as much as 30 percent and donations are typically down during the summer. This year, the Regional Food Bank hopes to collect enough food and monetary donations to keep pace with the summer demand for food assistance, which continues to rise, organizers said.

The following 100 cities are participating in the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva , Anadarko, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Binger, Blackwell, Blanchard, Bray, Carnegie, Cashion, Chandler, Chickasha, Choctaw, Clinton, Coalgate, Comanche, Cordell, Cushing, Davis, Del City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fairview, Forrest Park, Frederick, Geary, Guthrie, Guymon, Headlton, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart, Holdenville, Hollis, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marlow, Midwest City, McLoud, Medford, Moore, Minco, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Nichols Hills, Ninnekah, Noble, Norman, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Piedmont, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shattuck, Shawnee,
Slaughterville, Snyder, Spencer, Stillwater, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, The Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Weatherford, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward
Wynnewood, and Yukon.

The Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive is presented by Executive Sponsors Devon Energy Corporation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. The food drive is sponsored by: AFL CIO; BancFirst; Campell’s; Express Employment Professionals; Feeding America; Grainger; Homeland Grocery Stores; Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Linn Energy; Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores; Magic 104.1 KMGL; Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; the National Association of Letter Carriers; the National Association of Rural Letter Carriers; News 9; OGE Energy Corp.; Oklahoma City Firefighters Assoc. Local 157; the Oklahoman; Oklahoma Natural Gas, a Division of ONEOK; 92.5 – KOMA; 93.3 – JAKE FM; 97.3 KKNG – King Country; Riverwind Casino; SandRidge; United Way of Central Oklahoma; the United States Postal Service; United Supermarkets; and Valpak.

Thanks to the Food Drive Steering Committee: Feeding Hope Co-Chairs — Ray Haefele (Retired – Food Industry) and Brecklyn Ferrell from Lopez Foods; Letter Carriers Co-Chairs — Steve Riggs, Bob Bearden and David Miller; Committee Members — David Carpenter, American Fidelity Assurance Company; Brandi Scott, American Red Cross; Gerald Cockerham and Shawn Steele, Associated Wholesale Grocers; Cindy Batt, Bank of Oklahoma; Tim O’Connor, Central Oklahoma Labor Federation; Brook Coe and Katie Collins, Chesapeake Energy Corporation; Anita Reaves and Sharon Neuwald, Community Leaders; Kristin Drake, CompSource; Macay McComas, Devon Energy; Amy Boyer, Express Employment Professionals; Kristy Boone, Ideal Homes; Diana Erwin, Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; Gaylene Stiles, Mercy Health System of Oklahoma; Larry Haynes, Norman Letter Carrier; Elisa Milbourn, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; David Carter, OKC Fire Department; James Bryant and Sonya Dulan, US Postal Service; David Heinecke, Retired (Food Industry); Jeff Johnson and Rick Quick, Rural Letter Carriers; Terry Kennedy, Seagate Technology; Barbara Royce, United Way of Central Oklahoma; and Brett Bowden, ValPak.

For more information about the annual “Stamp Out Hunger” effort, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or call Angie Gaines at 405.604.7109 or email [email protected] You can also visit,, or

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private, 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that acts as a link through which the food industry and community may donate food and other goods. The products are then distributed to nearly 825 schools and charitable feeding programs in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. In fiscal year 2011, the Food Bank distributed 46.2 million pounds of food and product to help the charitable community effectively feed people in need.

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