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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Ending Hunger OKC receives $250,000 grant from OG&E, will partner with local restaurants

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Oklahoma Energy Corporation, the parent company of OG&E, is giving a major grant to Ending Hunger OKC.

Monday, OG&E announced a $250,000 gift to the program which oversees Meals on Wheels in Oklahoma City. The money will be used to partner with local restaurants, who will prepare food that will then be distributed via Meals on Wheels and the Mobile Market truck.

“At OGE, we believe that we are only as strong as the communities we serve," Sean Trauschke, OGE Energy Corp. chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement. "During this unprecedented and trying time, we want to look for innovative ways to ensure the well-being of those around us. We hope this donation will energize local restaurants and their hardworking employees by helping sustain their livelihoods during this difficult time.”

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a spike in the number of Oklahomans who require assistance with food.

"The need for food is greater than ever before," said Bob Long, senior pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, which administers Ending Hunger OKC. 

From the pulpit Sunday morning, Long said OG&E asked Ending Hunger OKC to identify restaurants that would be paid by the grant to prepare food and ready meals that would then be distributed through the Meals on Wheels program.

"We help restaurants, all the people who work there, and then at the same time, we're helping to feed the hungry," Long said. "It was a brilliant and beautiful idea.

"What a wonderful gift, a quarter of a million dollars that they have given to the Meals on Wheels program."

Darcy Schein, co-owner of Pie Junkie, said in a video posted to St. Luke's website, "It's a tremendous thing to be able to support not just the restaurants but the staff that work there and allow them to keep their jobs. ... But it also feels great to know the things we're making in our kitchen are really going to people who need it right now."

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