The Pryor Times

November 15, 2012

Okies asked to donate food


PRYOR — OKLAHOMA CITY — Verizon Wireless joined Gov. Mary Fallin to serve as a statewide donation site for her third annual Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive. Fallin has set a goal of collecting 1.2 million meals for hungry Oklahomans and the deadline is approaching. Although the drive ends today, Oklahomans are encouraged to donate to their local food bank year-round.

Oklahomans are asked to donate non-perishable foods to their local food bank or at Verizon Wireless stores statewide. Items can include canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables, beans and meat-based soups.

“No family should have to worry about food insecurity and this is an opportunity for Oklahomans to pull together and help stock those shelves,” said Dean Taylor, president of Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma. “We are dedicated to help the governor reach her goal and are honored to serve as a donation location with Verizon stores in more than 65 locations across Oklahoma.”

In Oklahoma, nearly 675,000 people will wake up each morning not knowing where their next meal will come from. Our state ranks as the fifth hungriest state in the nation, while one in four children lives in poverty and is at risk of going to bed hungry.

Monetary donations are also being collected. For every dollar donation, five meals are provided to those in need. If you’re interested in donating money to the food and fund drive, checks may be made out to Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma if you are in the Oklahoma City or Western Oklahoma region, or Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma if you are in the Tulsa or Eastern Oklahoma region. Online donations are accepted at http://www.feedingoklahoma.org.

The Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive was launched in partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The food and resources collected will remain within the state to serve the needy this holiday season and beyond. 

For more information, visit http://www.feedingoklahoma.org or follow the food drive on Facebook and Twitter. Find the nearest Verizon Wireless store at www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/storelocator/index.jsp.