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February 26, 2014

Local food bank receives donation

McALESTER — A McAlester food bank is on its way to expanding services and purchasing a building after a recent $10,000 donation.

The $10,000 donation was made to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma’s McAlester branch by British Petroleum, according to Maggie Hoey CFBEO’s marketing and communication manager.

“We want to be a permanent fixture in McAlester and purchasing and making improvements to our building is an important step of that happening,” Hoey said.

The donation will be used as part of the food bank’s Capital Branch Southern Campaign to raise $750,000 to purchase and renovate the facility they currently lease, at 2119 N. Main St., according to Hoey.

The McAlester branch serves Choctaw, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, McIntosh, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties which serves 75 CFBEO’s Partner Programs which include soup kitchen, food pantries, emergency shelters, low-income after school programs and senior citizen centers, Hoey said.

The purchase and renovation will allow the food bank to expand services and impact more people in the under-served rural communities in southeast Oklahoma, according to Eileen Bradshaw executive director of CFBEO.

“Oklahoma consistently ranks in the top 10 states battling hunger and nowhere is this struggle more evident than southeast Oklahoma,” Bradshaw said.

“We know these areas have a unique set of challenges and we’re committed to helping assist them in the fight against hunger.”

Meanwhile Carl Dupuy, BP’s onsite manager for the company’s oil and natural gas operations in southeast Oklahoma said the company is proud to support the project.

“BP, as a leading investor, employer and energy producer in Oklahoma, is committed to supporting the communities where we live and work,”Dupuy said.

“There is no better example of this commitment than our partnership with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and we are proud to support this important project.”

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at jleflore@mcalesternews.com.

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