‘Tis the Season to Fight Hunger in Oklahoma
Mike Seals - December 9, 2020 11:06 am
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s $700,000 Holiday Match Available Through Jan. 15
(OKLAHOMA CITY) – Dec. 9, 2020 – Spread holiday cheer by doubling the impact of your donation in the fight against hunger through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Holiday Match. Through Jan. 15, every donation is matched, dollar for dollar, up to $700,000 thanks to presenting sponsor APMEX with additional support from the Cresap Family Foundation.
The Holiday Match comes at a critical time for too many Oklahoma families who are feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, an economic downturn and a devastating ice storm. The match ensures that each dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank helps to provide eight meals to Oklahomans living with food insecurity. After the match is met, every dollar still helps provide four meals.
“APMEX is honored to step in to support our neighbors in need,” said Scott Thomas, founder and president of APMEX. “I personally dealt with childhood hunger and understand the struggles too many families face in trying to put food on the table, especially during the holidays. We encourage Oklahomans to join us in this fight and donate during the match to ensure their dollars go twice as far!”
One in six Oklahomans lack consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. The Regional Food Bank and its network of partner agencies in central and western Oklahoma have reported a 30 percent increase in new clients since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This year has been particularly difficult for Oklahomans. Our neighbors in central and western Oklahoma should not have to worry about where their meals will come from this holiday season,” said Stacy Dykstra, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “We are grateful to APMEX and the Cresap Family Foundation for providing this opportunity to our donors to make the most out of their contributions.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Food Bank has found innovative ways to continue providing meals to a growing number of Oklahomans. In November, the organization joined a collaborative food distribution that distributed frozen ham, turkey and canned fruit and vegetables to more than 700 families in northeast Oklahoma City.
“The issue of hunger is widespread in our state and affects countless families, children, seniors and veterans,” said John Cresap with the Cresap Family Foundation. “We are immensely proud to partner with the Regional Food Bank and APMEX to provide incentive for others to join the fight against hunger.”
Help deliver hope this holiday season by making a tax-deductible donation at rfbo.org/give or by call 405-600-3161. Donations may also be mailed to:
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 270968
Oklahoma City, OK, 73137-0968
Since opening its doors in 2000, APMEX remains one of the largest sources in the Precious Metals industry. Over the last two decades, it has sold more than $11 billion in Gold, Silver, and other Precious Metals in more than 60 countries around the world. For additional information, visit APMEX.com or call 800-375-9006.
About Cresap Family Foundation
Denny, Gail and John Cresap established the foundation following the sale of the family’s business, Premium Beers of Oklahoma, one of the largest Anheuser-Busch distributorships in the country. A desire to give back to the communities that had supported Premium Beers of Oklahoma for 44 years resulted in the foundation’s creation. Including its 2020 grant-making activities, the Cresap Family Foundation has given more than $8.5 million to Oklahoma nonprofits since its founding in 2012. Learn more at cresapfoundation.org.
About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where no one goes hungry. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest domestic hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community- based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.