Chesapeake offers $1 million match for food bank gifts

posted Dec 21, 2011, 5:24 AM by Michael Ryburn   [ updated Dec 21, 2011, 5:28 AM ]
By Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY — Chesapeake Energy Corp. is offering to match up to $1 million in donations to the Regional Food Bank through the end of January.  Food Bank Executive Director Rodney Bivens said the $1 million match offer is the largest the charity has ever received. Bivens said this is one of the most challenging years for the Food Bank. Its food supply is at a five-year low and it's seen a decline in donations.

Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon said in a statement he hopes the donation will challenge others in the community to donate to the food bank.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a private nonprofit that distributes food products and other goods to more than 800 schools and food pantries in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.