BancFirst will serve as a donation site for the “Feeding Oklahoma” food drive sponsored by Gov. Mary Fallin again this year.
Non-perishable food items can be brought to collection boxes Oct. 1-31. Needed items include canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, canned beans and peanut butter.
The food drive was launched in partnership with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. However, through local partner agencies, the food collected will remain in the county and serve those needing assistance in surrounding communities.
“The food drive is such a worthy cause for Oklahoma,” BancFirst Frederick President John Hester said. “We encourage Frederick to get involved and bring food donations to any BancFirst location. Food collected in our location will serve families in need from our area. Last year, 6,200 pounds of food were collected at BancFirst locations across the state.”
In Oklahoma, 675,000 people struggle with hunger on a daily basis. One in four children in the state will go to bed hungry tonight. The Food Bank provides food for more than 110,000 people each week, half of which are children. More than 47.8 million pounds of food were distributed in 2013 by the Regional Food Bank, but it’s not enough to meet the growing demand. Administrative and fundraising costs are less than 4 percent and every $1 donated provides five meals to people in need.