28

Mar

Chefs’ Feast Supports Food for Kids


Chefs’ Feast is tomorrow! It’s going to be an awesome night of tasting all the food, mingling with Regional Food Bank supporters and most of all supporting the Food for Kids programs. View all the restaurants and menus that will be available:  http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/Event-Calendar/Chefs-Feast. One of the chefs that will be there tomorrow is Chef Jason from Rococo Restaurant. Check out his video below, and tell us who you think will win the Foodie Favorite Award?

 

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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23

Mar

Chefs’ Feast is Around the Corner


Chefs’ Feast is right around the corner, and on Thursday, March 29th at 7 p.m. it will be in full swing. All proceeds benefit the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids programs. Get your tickets now at http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/Event-Calendar/Chefs-Feast, and enjoy a great night. Watch Christa Carretero with Cooking Girl below and see why she’s donating her time to Chefs’ Feast.

 

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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Last night I went down to Bricktown to see Jeff Gordon’s Drive to End Hunger Chevy Impala.  I’ve never seen a car that drives in NASCAR races.  It was pretty cool.  I was amazed at how small the inside was only because the seat pretty much wraps around the driver for safety.  I’m pretty sure I would all of a sudden be claustrophobic and a bit scared if I were to get into a racing car like that.

Another scary thing that I realized last night was that Oklahoma is ranked 10th highest in America for senior risk of hunger.  I can barely believe that here, in the Heartland, so many of our elders have to choose between their prescriptions and eating every day.  This is why AARP started the Drive to End Hunger and why Governor Mary Fallin proclaimed that 2011 the year to Stop Hunger in Oklahoma.  Watch the video below about last night’s activities.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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11

May

Hear the Call For Help


We’re only days away from the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. This is my first time helping with this huge food drive. So much is going on in the Regional Food Bank office. Volunteers are being coordinated for Saturday to sort food at the post offices. Staff is being instructed on their role and how to help. News 9 is championing the Food for Kids Backpack Program, while the News 9 Weather Team is helping to promote the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Arvest Bank is working hard raising 1 million meals. Jake FM is going on top of a scissor lift beginning on Thursday and not coming down till $10,000 is raised to feed the hungry. More than 170 businesses throughout the state are holding food drives. Everyone is pitching in to help.

This is one of the many reasons why I love Oklahoma. When people need help, Oklahomans are always there to lend a hand, and we’re not afraid to go out of our way. We rushed to help our neighbors during the Murrah Federal Building Bombing. We were in New York helping the wounded of 9/11. We were in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina destroyed so many homes. And, when the next call for help comes, I’m sure we will be one of the first responders there. But, right now the call for help comes from our hungry neighbors, right here in Oklahoma.

There are 500,000 Oklahomans at risk of hunger every day, including one in five children in the state. The Regional Food Bank distributes enough food to feed more than 77,000 people each week, but this is only a small percentage of the hungry in our state. The need is still great, which is why it’s important to be involved in the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. The majority of people being helped by the Regional Food Bank are children, senior citizens on fixed incomes and working families who cannot make ends meet. No one should know what it feels like to have real hunger pains, and with everyone’s help we can end hunger in Oklahoma.

The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is held nationwide and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. In our service area, 83 cities are participating in the food drive. Plastic bags will be distributed by letter carriers across the metro and in outlying communities this week. Please fill these bags with canned goods and leave your food donation by your mailbox by 7 a.m. Letter carriers will collect all the bags on their regular mail routes and give them to Food Bank volunteers at the post office.

If you don’t receive a donation bag in the mail or need more than one bag, grab a bag from a supermarket to fill up with canned donations. The most needed food items are:  canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans.

If you forget to get cans to set out on Saturday, you can still help. Make an online donation, call 405-972-1111 or make a $10 donation by texting “CAN” to 27722 (message and data rates apply). For more information on how to help, please visit our webpage.

This year, the goal of the fund and food drive is to collect $800,000 and 900,000 pounds of food to feed hungry families, children and seniors. Please remember to set out your food donation this Saturday for your letter carrier. Many Oklahomans are counting on you.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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13

Apr

Youth Helping Hungry Families


The Diamond Hats came together and held a Food Drive at the Youth Expo this year and collected 723 lbs of non perishable food items. The Seiling FFA came on board with the Diamond Hats and donated their show hogs for 1,250 lbs of meat. In total, this will supply over 1,500 meals to hungry Oklahoma Families. Thank you for your donation.  You’ve truly inspired many to help.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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07

Apr

Giving Just Became Easier Than Ever


Sometimes it’s hard for me to remember to find the time to volunteer or remember to write an extra check to donate. It’s not that I don’t want to, but sometimes I get so wound up in my to-do list for work and at home that the extras that I want to do get overlooked. When I realize that I haven’t given my time or money in so long, I get frustrated with myself because there are so many people that depend on people like me to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Recently the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma joined SwipeGood. This program lets you sign up a credit card to have your purchases be rounded up to the nearest dollar. This change can then be designated to be donated to the charity of your choice. It’s an easy way to make sure you give to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma!

If you’re worried about going over your credit limit or spending too much in one month, don’t worry. SwipeGood lets you set a monthly limit to how much is rounded up, and they also send monthly transaction reports and round up amounts so you can see how much impacting you are having in helping the Food Bank.

Also, on Thursday and Friday, April 7th and 8th, SwipeGood is donating $10 for every new user who signs up to use SwipeGood for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. So to me, it’s a no-brainer. I’ll sign up my card to round up my purchases for the Regional Food Bank and I’ll get SwipeGood to donate $10, which will be 70 meals for the hungry just by me signing up. I hope you sign up too!

Sign up for SwipeGood.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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06

Apr

Chefs’ Feast a Success!


I had a great time at Chefs’ Feast on Thursday. I’ve never had so much fun at a charity event before. I talked with some awesome people and ate some delicious food. Because of the generosity of the guests, we were able to raise nearly $115,000 for the Food for Kids backpack program.  Check out my video below. I’ll see everyone again next year!

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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15

Mar

Meet Chefs Ryan Parrot and Don Duncan


Meet Chef Ryan Parrot from Iguana Mexican Grill and Chef Don Duncan from Rococo and learn more about this year’s Chefs’ Feast “Hang 10 for Hunger.”

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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03

Mar

An Oklahoma Mission Project


The children and youth of First Christian Church in Guthrie, OK went on a Mission Project to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma on Saturday, Jan. 29. They helped package over 6,000 pounds of food. FCC mission’s statement is to “strive to become an informed community of faith committed to serve others through Jesus Christ.”

Thank you FCC for choosing to help people here in Oklahoma!

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
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14

Feb

Date Night Ideas


Valentine’s Day is dedicated to spending time with your special someone.  Some people go overboard with roses, candy, telegrams, fancy dinners, new clothes for the night and even stuffed animals.  All of these things are very thoughtful and appreciated but flowers die in about a week.  The candy will turn into calorie intake regret.  Telegrams will be embarrassing in front of co-workers.   The fancy dinner will make her feel special for the night but so would a planned thought out night.  The new clothes will give an extra boost of confidence, but then you’re over budget for the month.  All in all, will this lead to a night to remember?

In the past six months, the most memorable date night I’ve been on was volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.  We went to Thursday night’s Rock ‘n Box.  We arrived at the Volunteer Center at 6 p.m. and packed boxes until 9 p.m.  We talked, laughed and worked together to help feed Oklahoma’s hungry.  Even though it was karaoke night, neither of us sang.  We kept making jokes about songs that we would sing though.

At the end of the night, we found out how many meals we helped prepare.  That is such a good feeling knowing your time really did make a difference.  Leaving the Food Bank, we talked more about the night and how we are going to come back together to continue to help hungry Oklahomans.  We both had a great time, and it was unlike any date night we’ve ever had.

So for your next date night, think about doing something different, something to help others and volunteer together at the Regional Food Bank to help feed hungry Oklahomans.  It’ll definitely be a night you’ll always remember.

Volunteer Center Hours

Monday – Saturday:  9 a.m. – noon & 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
www.regionalfoodbank.org

For groups larger than five people, please make an appointment with Jamie Treadaway at jtreadaway@regionalfoodbank.org or 405-600-3154.

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

Jill Smith is the Manager of Interactive Media at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. In 2008, she graduated from Oklahoma City University with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Advertising.
Read more articles by Jill


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