Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

October 16, 2012

Food drives help in county


Pauls Valley Democrat

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — Governor Mary Fallin’s third annual Feeding Oklahoma food and fund drive is now underway with the goal of raising 1.2 million meals to help feed hungry families, children and seniors this holiday season.

The month long food and fund drive will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and their partner agencies across the state.

In Garvin County, non-perishable donations stay local and benefit Delta Community Action of Pauls Valley, Eastern Gate Baptist Church, United Methodist Church in Lindsay and Urban Mission.

“Time and again, Oklahomans prove to be the most caring and giving individuals in the nation,” Fallin said.

“Last year, Oklahomans from all 77 counties came together and donated well over one million meals during the holiday season. This year, we can do even more for the hungry in our state.”

Non-perishable food items can be donated at all BancFirst locations, Love’s Travel Stops, Verizon Wireless stores, Oklahoma Farm Bureau offices, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and all partner agencies.

Monetary gifts can be made online at feedoklahoma.org.

Officials stressed that the most needed items include canned meat, canned vegetables, canned fruits, canned tuna, peanut butter and rice and beans.

The food and fund drive runs through Nov. 15.

“Governor Fallin’s food and fund drive means so much in the fight against hunger in our state,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank.

“Every dollar donated provides five meals for Oklahomans who are struggling to keep food on their table during the difficult winter months,” he said. “We are grateful for the past generosity of Oklahomans and hopeful for another season of giving.”