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Reasor's and Coca-Cola Donate $5,000 to Food Bank

Reasor's and Coca-Cola have teamed up to help the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma by donating $5,000. Reasor's and Coca-Cola executives presented the check on January 8, 2013.

"At Reasor's we want to be involved in opportunities like this when it benefits others in our community. We are thrilled to be able to help put food on the table for those in our community that so desperately need it," said Steve Lehto, vice president and chief operations officer of Reasor's and CFBEO board member.

"Great Plains Coca-Cola is proud to partner with Reasor's for this opportunity to support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma" said Curtis Stewart, vice president key accounts of Great Plains Coca-Cola.

Without continuous donations, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma's warehouse which holds 3 million pounds of food when at full capacity would be empty within 3 months if no additional food was received. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 15 percent of American households, or more than 17 million people, do not have enough food to eat. This is the highest figure since the USDA began gathering data in the 1990s. Oklahoma is ranked the fourth-hungriest state in the nation.

"I feel fortunate to have such outstanding partners in the fight against hunger, said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Without continued support like this many more Oklahomans would go to bed hungry. The $5,000 will provide 25,000 meals."

In addition, Reasor's partners with the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma on a program called Recycle Hope. It was created by Reasor's in September 2011, to give customers the option for donating their reusable bag savings to the Food Bank.

All Reasor's shoppers who use reusable bags for their groceries at checkout automatically save 6¢ off their total purchase per reusable bag used. Recycle Hope is a convenient way to pass along those savings to those in need.


About the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is a non-profit organization founded in 1981. The food collected comes into the Food Bank, is sorted and boxed by volunteers, and then made available to their 450 Partner Programs throughout 24 counties in Eastern Oklahoma. These Programs include food pantries, emergency shelters, after-school programs, soup kitchens and senior citizen centers.

About the Coca-Cola Company
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world's most valuable brand, the Company's portfolio features 14 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company's beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at http://www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

About Reasor's
Reasor's was founded over 49 years ago in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. It was family owned until 2007, when Reasor's became an employee owned company. Today, Reasor's has 17 locations and two convenience stores. The company employs nearly 3,000 people in Northeastern Oklahoma. Supermarket News ranks the company #34 on its Top 50 Small Chains and Independents in the U.S. for 2011.



Picture (from left to right): Les Weese Reasor's Director of Center Store, Keith Green Coca-Cola Key Account Manager, Eileen Bradshaw Executive Director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Steve Lehto Reasor's Executive Vice President & COO and Tara Harris Development Manager of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.