Heart for the Hungry
Business entities have been contributing to the Food Bank in a variety of ways for decades. From logging volunteer hours to hosting food and fund drives to contributing sizable donations, the Food Bank would not be where it is today without the deep sense of corporate responsibility shared by its business patrons.
Board President, Eric Kunkel of CCK Strategies, came up with Heart for the Hungry as a way to thank the many companies who give back to the Food Bank. The program kicked off officially in February 2016, and has grown to include dozens of large and small businesses alike. Below are examples of the many ways you can become involved with the Food Bank’s important mission, regardless of your business size or amount of resources.
Thank you, Heart for the Hungry companies, for helping us feed hungry children, families, and seniors in Oklahoma, with dignity!
Employee & Corporate Giving Opportunities
An impactful and ongoing way to support the Food Bank’s mission is through corporate matching gifts and payroll-deduct plans. Join the increasing number of companies offering employees an opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation to the Food Bank through an automatic payroll deduction. Consider doubling the impact of those gifts by matching their donation to the Food Bank.
Sponsor an Event
The Food Bank has a variety of engaging events which corporate sponsors enjoy each year. Its annual flagship fundraiser, Empty Bowls, has continued to grow each year due in large part to corporate sponsorships. In 2016, the event raised over $600K, surpassing its record by over $200K. Longtime Empty Bowls sponsor, Anne Tomecek, Supervisor of Global Community Relations at T.D. Williamson, shares, “We continue to be amazed at the wonderful ideas and the wide reach of the Food Bank so that no Oklahoman will have to suffer the terrible effects of malnutrition and hunger. We always look forward each year to what proves to be a fantastic event for a great cause!”
Other Food Bank events in which corporate groups may become involved include: Giving Spirits: A Whiskey Tasting Experience, Tulsa Restaurant Week, Turkey Day 5K & Fun Run, and the Governor’s Feeding Oklahoma Banquet.
Host a Food & Fund Drive
In 2015, Food & Fund Drives hosted by corporates brought in 225,205 pounds of food, or the equivalent of 187,670 meals. These drives provide a critical amount of resources for the Food Bank to distribute directly to its partner programs. They serve the host businesses by creating friendly competition among co-workers and departments, and fostering a sense of community. Arvest Bank kicked-off its sixth annual One Million Meals campaign this spring, encouraging not only employees but also bank clients to participate. “Our associates and customers look forward to helping The Food Bank in an effort to impact hunger at a local level,” said Kim Adams, Arvest Bank sales manager in Tulsa. “The donations we raise benefit children at a time – the summer – when many of them go without meals that are typically provided at school.”
Mobilize Volunteer Efforts & Team Building Efforts
Each year, over 10,000 volunteers come through the Food Bank’s doors. Last year, they provided more than 41,000 hours combined, and the work they accomplished allowed a cost savings to the Food Bank of about 1 million dollars. Spirit Aerosystems employees have shown an unwavering commitment to helping the Food Bank. One evening every month, a group of employees gathers at the Food Bank to sort and package food. “I started volunteering at the Food Bank because it makes me feel a sense of purpose knowing that I’m making an impact on others’ wellbeing,” said Spirit employee Lisa Mobley. “I also wanted to get my granddaughter involved to see firsthand how giving back to the community makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people. We leave the Food Bank with a boost of self-confidence, self-esteem and always with a smile on our faces.”
Volunteering can be a great team building activity, and the Food Bank has a wide variety of opportunities for groups of all sizes to volunteer during the day, after work, and on weekends. Make an event out of it and work with the Food Bank to cater lunch during your visit!
Make an In-Kind Donation
From live auction items at Empty Bowls to bottles of whiskey at Giving Spirits, donated items go a long way for the Food Bank, and are also tax deductible. In 2015, Sherwood Construction gave back in a most unique and helpful way by donating a new parking lot to the Food Bank. Sherwood contributed all materials and labor for the project.
To learn more about how your business can participate in any of these activities or to attend one of our monthly informational luncheons, Food for Thought, contact Heather Palacios at 918.936.4551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.