Oklahoma food bank coming up short this holiday season – 1 million pounds short

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Scott Thomas is the Founder and CEO of the world's largest online retailer of precious metals. The billion dollar business is right in downtown Oklahoma City.

But he has humble beginnings.

"The only food we would have in the fridge would be the pizza I would bring home from the pizzeria that I worked at," Scott Thomas said.

He, like hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, didn't know where he would find his next meal.

"Many days, we would eat pizza for breakfast. Pizza for lunch. Pizza for dinner,” Thomas said. “That's what we eat because that's all we could afford."

That's why his company, APMEX, pledges thousands of dollars to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma every year.

And this year, the Food Bank is coming up short.

"We're way down, over a million pounds," Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Executive Director Rodney Bivens said.

That translates into 833,000 meals short. A startling statistic.

"We've looked at it. We've analyzed it and we can't figure it out. It's come from all of our streams. Everything is down," Bivens said.

Other than fear over the state's free-falling energy sector, rising food prices are also making it more difficult for the Food Bank to stock their shelves.

APMEX is stepping in and doubling down to donate $100,000 to the Regional Food Bank.

"It's just hard to see, in times like this, that even today's day and age people are still struggling with hunger," Thomas said.

The Food Bank hopes their bold move will encourage others to step up to feed one of the hungriest states in the nation.

The Regional Food Bank is in the middle of their holiday match campaign where Chesapeake Energy and the Cresap Family Foundation will match every dollar spent up to $500,000; that means APMEX's donation will go twice as far.

If you’d like to donate or volunteer visit the website.

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