Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
PO BOX 270968
Oklahoma City OK 73137-0968
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Regional Food Bank Foundation
Mission Statement The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's mission is “Fighting Hunger … Feeding Hope”. 
Contact Information
Contact Name Katie Fitzgerald
Contact email
Address PO BOX 270968
Oklahoma City, OK 73137 0968
Phone (405) 972-1111
Fax 405-688-6447
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Address 3355 S. Purdue
Oklahoma City OK 73179
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Your donation is crucial to fight hunger in Oklahoma, where one in four children struggles with hunger and more than 675,000 are at risk of going hungry every day.

With administrative and fundraising costs below 4 percent, every dollar donated makes a difference. For example:

A gift of $1,000 provides 5,000 meals.
A gift of $250 will feed a family of 4 for three months.A gift of $200 will provide food for one chronically hungry child every weekend for an entire school year.
By making a gift to the Regional Food Bank, you will be supporting Oklahoma’s largest private hunger-relief charity in the state and you'll provide hope, in the form of food, to thousands of hungry Oklahoma families, children and seniors.

Should you have any questions about the Regional Food Bank or would like to make an online donation, please visit Thank you.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $20,443,545.00
Projected Expenses $20,443,545.00
History and Background
Former Names
Oklahoma City food Bank2003
Year Founded 1980
IRS Ruling Year 1997
State Registration Expiration Mar 2016
Mission The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's mission is “Fighting Hunger … Feeding Hope”. 

On May 15, 1980, the Oklahoma City Food Bank became the 21st food bank created in the U.S. and the first in the region. A 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 200 S.W. 5th Street was secured as the first distribution facility.

In 1981, the Good Faith Donor Bill passed the Oklahoma Legislature relieving donors of liability for donations made in good faith, and the Food Bank moved into a 14,000-square-foot warehouse at 8 NW 8th in Oklahoma City. Then, in 1987, the Food Bank purchased a 37,000-square-foot warehouse at 30 SE 17th Street where distribution remained until May of 2000.

In 2000, the organization changed its name to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to better describe the area served by the Food Bank and the distribution was moved to the newly constructed Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center at 3355 S. Purdue. An expansion of the current site in 2009 added additional warehouse, freezer, dock and volunteer space – increasing the total size of the current facility to 150,000 square-feet.

In its first year of operation, the Regional Food Bank distributed 280,000 pounds of food, which is now distributed in about three days. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people every week with administrative and fundraising costs of less than four percent. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 460 million pounds of food to needy families.

Impact The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributes more than 50 million pounds of food annually through a network of over 1,300 schools and partner agencies, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The Regional Food Bank also operates a variety of special programs that target groups of people who may not have access to the traditional emergency food network due to age, location, mobility or disability. These programs include: the Backpack Program; the School Pantry Program; Summer Feeding Program; Care and Share Family Box Program; Kids Cafe; OKDHS Pantry Program; Senior Feeding; FreshRx Program and Urban Harvest.
Needs The Regional Food Bank's most immediate needs are food and funds. The Regional Food Bank and its partner agencies are currently experiencing a substantial increase in requests for food assistance. These requests are coming at a time when national food donations are down forty percent, food costs continue to rise and costs such as fuel and freight continue to increase. In order to sustain its current level of service and continue meeting the need for food in its service area, the Food Bank will have to increase its food-purchase program to make up for this loss.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
Central Oklahoma
The Regional Food Bank serves 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition/Food Programs
Tertiary Organizational Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition/Nutrition

During our first year of operation, the Regional Food Bank distributed approximately 280,000 pounds of food to 45 charities – we now do that in about 3 days. Since its inception in 1980, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma has distributed more than 460 million pounds of food. In fiscal year 2015, the Food Bank distributed more than 50.3 million pounds of food.

The Regional Food Bank works with a network of over 1,200 partner agencies and schools throughout central and western Oklahoma to distribute food to those in need. Partner agencies include church pantries, homeless shelters, Boys and Girls clubs, schools, soup kitchens and more.

We provide enough food to feed more than 110,000 Oklahomans each week and nearly half of those are children.
To learn more, please visit our website at
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Over one-third of the Regional Food Bank's emergency food recipients on a weekly basis are children. Since there is a critical connection between childhood nutrition and cognitive and physical development, even nutritional deficiencies of a relatively short-term nature negatively impact a child's health, behavior, and the ability to concentrate and perform complex tasks. In addition, going without food can cause behavioral and psychological effects such as depression, aggression, anxiety, and poor social skills in children. Food is the most essential school supply. Hungry children cannot learn.

The Regional Food Bank serves children directly through four programs in its Food for Kids Childhood Hunger Initiative:  Backpack Program, School Pantry Program , Summer Feeding Program and Kids Cafe Program.
To learn more about Childhood Hunger Initiatives, please visit our website at
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Every day, older Oklahomans are faced with the dilemma of not having enough money to pay for rent, utilities, medical bills and prescriptions. At times, support from family and friends is just not enough, and they are unable to stretch their dollar far enough to purchase enough food to sustain their health.

Adequate nutrition is critically important for this high risk population to ensure active, healthy lives. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is committed to identifying and assisting over 1,100 senior citizens who are at the highest risk of going hungry through the Senior Home Deliveries program, Senior Mobile Pantries program and the Commodity Supplemental Food program (CSFP). 68 percent of senior adults in Oklahoma are food insecure and 11 percent are experiencing hunger.
To learn more about Senior Feeding Programs, please visit our website at
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The four central goals of the program are agricultural education, fresh food production, community outreach and ecological conservation.

Urban Harvest has an open touring policy that allows all members of the public to tour the grounds and learn more about the program free of charge throughout the year.

Field trips to Urban Harvest provide hundreds of children each year with the opportunity to see the stages of the food cycle firsthand and participate in activities that empower them to make better nutritional decisions.

The grounds of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma are maintained by Urban Harvest as edible landscapes to demonstrate new ways of integrating food crops into ornamental settings.
Urban Harvest utilizes organic growing practices to produce fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables year round.

All produce from the gardens is distributed to low income senior and childhood nutritional programs.
By presenting educational activities on site at Kids Cafe programs, Urban Harvest engages children with limited resources in the food cycle and growing process.

Urban Harvest provides assistance to partner gardens with educational and/or charitable missions in the region.
Facilitating mutually beneficial partnerships between community organizations, volunteers, donors and partner agencies is a key component of the Urban Harvest outreach mission.
The organic growing practices at Urban Harvest create a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife on the grounds, and landscaping is designed to attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial species.

Garden debris and employee food waste are composted to provide a nutrient rich soil amendment for production while diverting garbage from landfills.
To learn more about Urban Harvest, please visit our wesbite at
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Disaster Programs

We provide disaster relief (water, food, tarps, baby food, diapers, cots for shelters, etc.) along with other voluntary organizations active in disaster.  Fund donations are best, as we can then purchase what is needed most.  If you’d like to donate to help – please visit our website, where we’ve designated a special page through which all funds will be allocated for disaster relief.  I’ve included a link below.

Alternatively, you can text to give from your cellular device:






CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Rodney Bivens
Start Date May 1980

Rodney W. Bivens is the founder and executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. His work with other nonprofit agencies led him to witness what hunger can do to individuals and families. Out of his personal conviction that no one should have to face hunger in a nation blessed with so much abundance, he founded the organization in 1980.

Born and raised in Chickasha, Oklahoma, Bivens and his three older brothers grew up on a farm just outside of town. After his father was disabled in a car accident, the Bivens' family came to rely on friends, family and church to help them keep food on their table. This experience left Bivens with a unique perspective on the impact of hunger on children and families in Oklahoma.

Under his leadership, the Regional Food Bank has grown rapidly to fulfill the need for food in central and western Oklahoma. In its first year of operation, the Regional Food Bank distributed 280,000 pounds of food, which is now distributed in about three days. The nonprofit provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people every week with administrative and fundraising costs of less than five percent. Since its inception in 1980, the Food Bank has distributed more than 500 million pounds of food to needy families.

Bivens and his team at the Regional Food Bank developed one of the first rural distribution systems in the country, which has become a model for other food banks. The Regional Food Bank currently serves more than 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools throughout 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma, and distributes nationally donated product to four other food banks in Kansas, Texas and New Mexico.

Senior Staff
Jon BesherseVP of Operations
Deborah BuntingVice President of Administration
Dawn BurroughsVice President of Marketing and Development
Laura LangVP of Development
Cari OgdenVice President of Community Initiatives
Number of Full-time Staff 109
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 44000
Staff Retention Rate 96
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 15
Caucasian 77
Hispanic/Latino 8
Native American/American Indian 3
Other 5 4 - Asian
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 63
Female 49
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2015
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Ray Haefele
Company Affiliation Tyson Foods (Retired)
Term July 2016 to June 2018
Board of Directors
List Current as of July 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
Jamey Allen Oklahoma Department of AgricultureVoting
Steve Arnold AWG
Mark Brewer Seagate TechnologyVoting
Jim Brooks OSU/Robert M. Kerr Food & Ag Products Center
Brandon Brown Chesapeake Energy
Wayne Epperson Retired, Fleming FoodsVoting
Brecklyn Ferrell Lopez FoodsVoting
Ray Haefele, Chair Tyson Foods (Retired)Voting
Mark Harsha Alliance Harsha AdvertisingVoting
Jim Hopper, Treasurer Oklahoma Restaurant AssociationVoting
Karen Jacobs, Secretary Oklahoma Department of Human ServicesVoting
Tressa Madden, Vice-Chair Community LeaderVoting
Jessica Martinez-Brooks Oklahoma City Community CollegeVoting
Norma Noble Retired, Oklahoma Department of CommerceVoting
Shelli Osborn Cox Communications
Collins Peck Smith & Pickel Construction
Steve Riggs National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)Voting
Kim Shoemake BKD, LLP
Ben Williams Devon Energy CorporationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Capital Campaign
Human Resources / Personnel
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Gary Allison Tri-State Industrial Group
Sherry Barton New York Life
Isabel Chancellor IngenuitE, Inc.
Jeff Click Jeff Click Homes
Phil Cook, Vice Chair Devon Energy Corporation
Karen Cunningham Oklahoma Financial Center, Inc.
Kyle Essmiller, Chair PostRock Energy Corporation
Derek Gill First United Bank
John Kapchinske Retired, Chesapeake Energy Corporation
Holly Luke Community Leader
Marian Moon Community Leader
Patricia Murphy Community Leader
Melinda Newport The Chickasaw Nation
Joy Parduhn Exencial Wealth Advisors
Adam Rainbolt, Secretary Wilcox and McGrath
G. Rainey Williams, Treasurer Marco Capital Group
Gail Wynne Carlisle Collection
Constituent Board
Constituent Board Members
Cindy Batt Bank of Oklahoma
Robert Clements, Vice-Chair Clements Foods Company
Pat Garrett Garrett and Company
Peggy Garrett, Secretary Urban Mission
James Hopper Oklahoma Restaurant Association
Michael Joseph McAfee & Taft
Tressa Madden Okie City Custom Cycles
Marian Moon, Chair Community Leader
Sharon Neuwald Retired
Rainey Williams Marco Capital Group ALP
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Food Bank operates three separate organizations:  Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Regional Food Bank Foundation (EIN#42-1589809) and FoodLink (EIN#41-2093509), each with individual Boards of Directors.
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year July 01, 2016-June 30, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $20,443,545
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $20,443,545
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$84,987,043$76,636,553$84,239,239
Total Expenses$80,061,021$80,936,131$72,817,229
Revenue Less Expenses$4,926,022($4,299,578)$11,422,010
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$1,604,195$1,361,895$1,210,855
Individual Contributions$6,122,887$4,866,318$5,434,440
Investment Income, Net of Losses$167,869$112,959$112,991
Unrealized Gain/Loss($32,932)$600,675$501,067
Membership Dues------
Special Events$10,241$41,020$43,453
Revenue In-Kind$63,870,780$56,193,008$65,649,012
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$77,272,265$78,242,412$70,252,310
Administration Expense$904,914$845,253$816,960
Fundraising Expense$1,883,842$1,848,466$1,747,959
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.060.951.16
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%97%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%12%13%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$47,388,491$41,770,314$46,386,457
Current Assets$10,117,436$12,048,866$13,913,970
Long-Term Liabilities$481,360$628,658$839,186
Current Liabilities$1,855,658$1,016,205$1,122,242
Total Net Assets$45,051,473$40,125,451$44,425,029
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities5.4511.8612.40
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets1%2%2%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountRevenue In-Kind $63,870,780Revenue in Kind $56,193,008Revenue In-Kind $65,649,012
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundations & Corporations $9,376,799Foundation & Corporations $9,248,947Foundations & Corporations $6,761,514
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $6,122,887Individuals $4,866,318Individuals $5,434,440
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is launching a $50 million comprehensive campaign to expand its reach and increase its impact on the fight against hunger in Oklahoma. Economic, societal and political factors are converging to create conditions of never-before-seen need, and the Regional Food Bank must be poised to respond quickly and efficiently.
Campaign Goal $50,000,000
Campaign Dates Oct 2013 to June 2018
Amount Raised To Date $21,074,352 as of June 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
The Food Bank has various endowment funds with different spending policies.  The total shown is the cumulative total.
Foundation Staff Comments
All historical financial information is from audited financial statements. 
Note:  Revenue In-Kind reflects value of contributed inventory, including USDA commodities. 
Organizations with a GiveSmartOKC profile are responsible for updating information annually within 45 days following the end of their fiscal year.
Address PO BOX 270968
Oklahoma City, OK 73137 0968
Primary Phone 405 972-1111
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Rodney Bivens
Board Chair Ray Haefele
Board Chair Company Affiliation Tyson Foods (Retired)


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