Thank you to Johnathan Kayne and to all of our sponsors and supporters who joined us on Saturday night for the first ever Fashion for Food Fashion Show! What a fabulous night! We really appreciate everyone for participating in the auctions and helping to raise money for our Food for Kids program.
Be on the lookout for more photos! Thank you again to all those who supported this event!
10:56 AM on Friday, September 24th, 2010No Comments
September is Hunger Action Month! Gary England is taking action this month by donating during a special gift matching challenge which will benefit our Food for Kids program. Every donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $102,000. Thanks to Buy for Less Grocery Stores, Top of the World, Marc Heitz Auto Family and two anonymous donors for their continuing support of the Food Bank. What are you doing to fight hunger this month? You can make a donation to Food for Kids now.
2:37 PM on Friday, August 13th, 2010No Comments
Kayne wants this event to be over the top! He is planning a full-on production complete with two runway shows – one featuring his latest designs and another with custom items, which will be auctioned off at the event.
Runway models will include local celebs:
Lauren Nelson and Christina Ecker from News 9
Jaime Cerreta, Angie Mock and Liz Dueweke from FOX 25
Lacey Lett from The Spy
Singer/songwriter Sherree Chamberlain (who will also perform!!)
Proceeds from the fashion show, silent auction, wine pull and raffle will go toward the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Food for Kids program. Food for Kids provides chronically hungry elementary school children with backpacks filled with non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat over weekends and holidays. There are 25 schools on the waiting list to join the program.
One in five children in Oklahoma live in poverty in Oklahoma. For this very reason, midwestmedia & marketing felt compelled to join the fight against hunger. The company awarded a grant to the Food Bank to create a video about the Food for Kids program, which provides a backpack full of food to chronically hungry children on the weekend and school holidays.
Christopher Hunt, producer of this short film, was really touched by the video. As he said on his blog:
“I guess the thing thing that really stuck out with me during production of this film — was the true need that exist here in OKC for our kids. It blew me away that a donation of $200 could provide a backpack for a year. That was incredible to me. This is an issue that is just not thought about – unless you are in the middle of the situation. My hope is this film will do its part to raise awareness about the program – and motivate people to do something. I don’t think we have to do to much – to make a huge impact on many young lives. These kids need our support – and I think we live in a community that is more than capable of helping them.”
Thank you to midwestmedia & marketing for this wonderful film.
98,640 pounds of food was packed for hungry families at Big Truck Tacos Volunteer Night!! Simply amazing. Thank you to the 400+ who helped pack boxes and to Big Truck Tacos for providing free tacos to all the volunteers! What a fun event.
We hope that volunteers will continue to come out during the month of August! We need to help to continue moving product of Emergency Family Boxes out to needy families. To book a group to volunteer, call Jamie Treadaway at 600-3154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open volunteering for individuals is available Monday – Friday from 9 to noon and 1 to 4 pm with no appointment necessary. We hope to see you all soon!
I took a minute to sit down and talk to the Big Truck Tacos owners about tomorrow’s Volunteer Night. Check out this clip, and join us tomorrow night!
This summer, we received a grant that has allowed us to purchase an additional 4.2 million pounds of product to help the hungry in Oklahoma. The product is in our warehouse, but can’t be distributed until volunteers help assemble the Emergency Family Boxes. Per the stipulations of the grant, it all has to be distributed before the end of September.
On Tuesday, July 27th, we are hosting a special Big Truck Taco Volunteer Night 5:30 – 8 pm at the Food Bank (located near the airport in OKC at 3355 S. Purdue). We would love for you, your friends and your family come out that night and help us assemble the boxes that will help needy families!
The Big Truck Taco truck will be selling tacos outside from 5:30-6:30. Once you’ve had some grub, head inside to help assemble boxes. We promise you’ll go home feeling great about what you’ve accomplished in two short hours!! Hope you can make it.
Need a reminder? RSVP on Facebook.
Dot Foods delivered a truckload of food to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in honor of the food redistributor’s 50th anniversary. This is the fourth stop for Dot Foods’ 50th anniversary golden trailer as it travels to 11 food banks across the country to deliver 270,000 pounds of food.
The company is is celebrating its 50th year in business by donating 270,000 pounds of food to 11 Feeding America food banks near each of Dot’s eight distribution centers. The donations will be delivered by a special golden anniversary trailer. Equivalent to $315,000, the food donation will include items such as canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, tuna, beans, rice and cereal.
On June 29, Chesapeake Energy employees gathered to celebrate the dedication of the Chesapeake Employee Garden. In addition to a special presentation from CEO Aubrey McClendon and a Native American blessing by Chief Gordon Yellowman, employees sipped on organic micro-brew and listened to the bluegrass melodies of Buffalo Fitz.
From pepper plants to marigolds, the garden offers a multitude of vegetation while providing the opportunity to be more personally sustainable in a fun, collaborative space, as well as showing employees and their families and friends how to grow a successful garden and prepare meals with the produce.
All gardening levels are welcome – from beginners to avid gardeners. Participants make up what is referred to as the Green Thumb Club and employees and their family members can hone their gardening techniques in a community setting. Through the process, garden participants are with provided educational classes, resources and professional guidance.
Gardening doesn’t serve just as an alternate way to fill one’s refrigerator. Gardening stimulates social interaction, reduces food costs, conserves resources, encourages self-reliance, and creates opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy, and education – conveniently located near Chesapeake’s main campus.
The Chesapeake Employee Garden is located between Shartel and Lee avenues and NW 62nd and 61st streets and is comprised of raised bed plots reserved for planting and harvesting a wide range of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Two garden quadrants share a central common area including a rinsing and cleaning area and an outdoor table and seating area for gardeners to socialize, share tips and take a break from the summer heat.
Any excess produce will be donated to Food Bank and partner agencies like BritVil Community Food Pantry.
For more information, e-mail email@example.com. See more photos of the garden on Flickr!
Ed Kelley, Editor at The Oklahoman, talks about food shortages and the summer of hunger in Oklahoma. Watch the video below.