The Edmond Sun

April 7, 2014

CoBank gives $50,000 to Regional Food Bank


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has received a $50,000 gift from CoBank, a member of the Farm Credit System and one of the largest providers of credit to the U.S. rural economy. The funds will be used to support the Regional Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs outside the metro area.

The gift is part of a two-year, $1 million commitment CoBank made in 2012 to Feeding America members in 16 states around the country. Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, with more than 200 member food banks, including the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, serving all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The contribution was part of CoBank’s overall response to the 2012 drought, and was designed to help alleviate the impact that lower crop yields that year would have on food prices.

“Our goal was to reduce, in a small way, the level of food insecurity that remains an unfortunate fact of life for so many people around the country,” said Bob Engel, CoBank’s chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to be partnering with the Regional Food Bank and supporting the vital good work they do in the community.”

The recent CoBank gift follows a donation of the same amount made last year. Combined, the $100,000 received from CoBank provided the equivalent of about 500,000 meals to Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.

For more information about hunger in Oklahoma, or to make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer, visit regionalfoodbank.org or call 972-1111.