(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is seeking more than 2,200 volunteers in January to help sort donations to be distributed to community-based partner agencies in 53 Oklahoma counties.

“As we come out of the holiday season and into a new year, our need for volunteers to sort generous food donations grows,” said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank. “January is typically our slowest month for volunteers. We encourage individuals, community groups and corporate groups to donate their time so we can help distribute food to our neighbors.”

The Regional Food Bank distributed 50 million pounds of food to community-based partner agencies last year. This is thanks to the nearly 42,000 volunteers who helped the Regional Food Bank save more than $3.4 million in labor.

Volunteer opportunities are offered Tuesday through Saturday, including several evening shifts. Tasks include: bagging and boxing food products, preparing meals and snacks for distribution in Hope’s Kitchen, processing protein donations in the Protein Packaging Center, assisting at mobile food distributions and stocking shelves and assisting clients at the Moore Food & Resource Center.

The Volunteer Center is open to volunteers as young as eight years old. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Available volunteer opportunities can be found at rfbo.org/volunteer.

Those who are not able to volunteer can help fight hunger by making a financial donation. All donations are doubled through Jan. 15 during the Holiday Match campaign, thanks to APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Donations can be made a rfbo.org/give or by calling 405-600-3136.

About the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is leading the fight against hunger in 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma and envisions a state where everyone, regardless of circumstance, has access to nutritious food. Founded in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is the state’s largest hunger-relief 501(c)(3) nonprofit that distributes food through a network of community-based partner agencies and schools. The majority of people served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes and hardworking families struggling to make ends meet. The Regional Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s network of food banks. To join the fight to end hunger, visit rfbo.org.