Helping Food Banks Help Those in Need

By Wyatt Jefferies
October 8, 2014
Fighting Hunger: Rodney Bivens Thumbnail

For Rodney Bivens, fighting hunger isn’t just a personal passion – it’s his day job. As executive director and founder of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, he leads an organization that provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people per week.

Rodney grew up in a family who struggled at times to put food on the table, and he’s made it his mission for the last 29 years to make a difference for others who experience similar hardships. This week, that mission got an extra boost, as the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma was one of 50 Feeding America food banks that received a $60,000 grant from Walmart.

It was my pleasure to join Rodney and his team, along with Walmart associate volunteers on Monday as they participated in our Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting via satellite to celebrate the grant. Rodney noted that the organization could purchase more than 300,000 meals with the money received.

Each $60,000 grant was awarded as part of our recent Fight Hunger. Spark Change. campaign, where Walmart joined with six of the nation’s largest food companies to distribute $3.7 million, the monetary equivalent of more than 37 million meals, to Feeding America food banks and local agencies throughout the U.S. From September 15 to October 5, local communities cast more than 362,000 votes online, and the 50 locations receiving the most votes were selected as recipients.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote! You can view all of the 50 winning food banks here.