OKLAHOMA CITY – April is Made in Oklahoma Month, and the Made in Oklahoma Coalition is encouraging Oklahomans to support local companies and invest in Oklahoma’s economy in celebration of the month.
MIO Coalition is comprised of more than 40 Oklahoma food producers, processors and manufacturers who process, produce and/or distribute a portion of their product in Oklahoma, and they represent more than 25 different Oklahoma towns and cities and a variety of food industry sectors.
“When Oklahomans buy local products, they help keep jobs in our state and put money back into our local economy,” said Jerry Dyer , MIO Coalition president, “It’s good for you, and good for Oklahoma.”
To kick off this year’s statewide celebration, Gov. Mary Fallin and her family enjoyed a meal made with products from MIO Coalition members and other local products.
“Buying MIO food products ensures your meals are delicious while helping boost Oklahoma’s economy,” said Fallin.
“The local producers provide jobs to 20,000 Oklahomans and their products continue to improve our state’s reputation for quality goods and services.”
MIO Coalition companies produce a variety of items, including meats, condiments, dairy, beverages, desserts, fruits and baking goods. Restaurants that serve MIO Coalition products are also eligible to join the coalition. Retailers across the state sell coalition products at their stores.
The coalition also gives back to the community through the sale of MIO Paper Towels. In partnership with Orchids Paper Co. of Pryor, MIO launched the paper towels in March 2009.
Proceeds from the sale of MIO Paper Towels support the Food for Kids Backpack Program at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma .