Off to the left of the display, we have set up a drop-box for canned food donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. This is one of the largest food banks in the entire country, covering 53 counties in Oklahoma alone.
Final totals for 2011 were 7,391 pounds of food and cash donations totalling $37,208.31. In total, this generated 270,066 meals. Great job, Oklahoma! Even though the weight of donated food was less than the previous year, the cash total more than compensates for the defecit. Remember, each dollar donated generates 7 meals from the Food Bank due to their immense buying power!
The grand totals for 2010 were 8,860 pounds of food, and a total cash donation of $32,359.89! Together, this provided 233,334 individual meals, which is almost twice as many meals as the previousyear, and over 28 times the number of meals produced in 2008!
2009 donations totalled 9,891 pounds of food with cash donations totalling $17,492.65. Altogether in 2009, the community generated 130,171 meals for the Regional Food Bank.
The first year we began taking donations (2008) visitors to the show donated 5,140 pounds of food, and $598 cash. The cash was particularly impressive, considering we weren't officially accepting money. This added up to 8,201 individual meals.
Visitors dropping off canned food donations
The 2400 pounds we received during Christmas week! This took three carloads to get to the Regional Food Bank.