The 2019 Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers' Food and Fund Drive raised more than $175,000 and 598,000 pounds of food to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

"The generosity of Oklahomans during these annual drives will help provide more than 1.1 million meals for our neighbors in need of food assistance in central and western Oklahoma," said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank.

“We are so grateful for the businesses and letter carriers who donate their time to make these events happen each year.”

On May 11, letter carriers in more than 135 cities in central and western Oklahoma collected canned food donations from homes along their routes as part of the 27th annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

In Garvin County, the Regional Food Bank works with seven partner agencies to fight hunger year-round.

They are Delta Community Action in Pauls Valley, serving Garvin County; DHS in Garvin County; Eastern Gate Baptist Church in Wynnewood; Pauls Valley Samaritans; Southern Oklahoma Nutrition Program in PV; and food programs in Stratford and Lindsay.

Last month the Regional Food Bank recognized the following businesses for their support in fighting hunger:

• CFS Brands – First place for overall most pounds of food collected.

• Quail Creek Bank – Second place for overall most pounds of food collected and second place for most meals raised by a company of less than 100 employees.

• American Fidelity Assurance Company – First place for most meals raised by a company with more than 500 employees.

• Love's Travel Stops – Second place for most meals raised by a company with more than 500 employees.

APMEX.com – First place for most money donated and first place for most meals raised by a company with less than 499 employees.

• Gateway Companies – Second place for most money donated by a company with less than 499 employees.

• Greater Oklahoma City Chamber – First place for most meals raised by a company with less than 100 employees.

Twenty-eight businesses in the Oklahoma City-area participated in the Feeding Hope drive throughout the month of May. The businesses earned points by donating funds, food and volunteer time to benefit the Regional Food Bank.

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