Service is a core value at APMEX, but it’s not just something we say, it’s something we do. APMEX Founder and President Scott Thomas grew up knowing hunger and it is from those humble beginnings where APMEX’s passion to help others with the same need began. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is the perfect partner for APMEX to help those in need. For these reasons APMEX has adopted the Regional Food Bank as our primary charity.
For many years, APMEX has worked with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to give back to those who need it most. Together, we are “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope”.
APMEX Founder and President Scott Thomas knows first-hand what it’s like to struggle with food insecurity. Growing up in a single-parent home, he worked at a pizza parlor as a teenager where he would bring home pizza for the family to eat. Many times, leftover pizza was served at the Thomas household for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as they couldn’t afford much else. These humble beginnings of struggle and survival not only shaped Scott’s life, but the experience impacts how he serves his company and community.
Helping the Regional Food Bank is a passion that spreads throughout the company. The staff at APMEX and our families regularly volunteer at the Food Bank to help process meals for hungry Oklahomans. It also serves as a time for team building and provides a way to serve our neighbors while supporting those in need.
In September, APMEX employees participated in their second annual Volunteer Day. More than 95% of the company took time out of their Thursday schedule to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma headquarters. All departments were represented, from marketing and operations to accounting and sales. Employees were split into groups, with half the employees sorting food received as donations and the other half putting meals together for the Food Bank’s backpack program. In just one day, the two groups sorted more than 12,000 pounds of food and packaged more than 5,600 backpacks. These efforts meant the APMEX team created a total of 25,690 meals for the day, providing a true and immediate impact in the local community.
Each year, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma holds a month-long food and fund drive by partnering with students from schools across Oklahoma. This year, APMEX is excited to be sponsor for this meaningful event. During the Students Against Hunger drive, students raise food and monetary donations for the Food Bank while promoting awareness that food insecurity exists in Oklahoma. Like APMEX Fun Week, schools hold various contests and provide incentives to raise as many total meals as possible. This is the 13th annual Students Against Hunger Food and Fund Drive benefiting the Food Bank’s partner agencies and school pantries in each participating community.
Each year in early summer, APMEX partners with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the Feeding Hope food and fund drive. This annual event groups APMEX employees into teams to compete in challenges throughout the week to raise money for the Food Bank. Every dollar donated is able to provide five meals to Oklahomans with food insecurity. In 2017, through events including a costume contest, a lip sync competition and numerous raffles and silent auctions, APMEX was able to raise $100,884.30, which will provide a total of 504,421 meals for Oklahomans who need it most.
APMEX.com was a proud sponsor of the 30th annual Chefs’ Feast. The theme for this year’s event was “Locally Inspired – Oklahomans helping Oklahoma children.” Patrons enjoyed complimentary food and drinks from 25 of the Oklahoma City metro’s best restaurants. The event also included a silent auction, as well as a Precious Metals pull. All proceeds from the Chefs’ Feast go toward the Regional Food Bank’s Food for Kids programs. The Food for Kids programs include the Backpack Program, which helps feed children with food insecurity over the weekend during the school year. Other Food for Kids programs include Kids Café, School Pantry and Summer Feeding.
To close out 2016, APMEX teamed up with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to sponsor their Holiday Match Campaign. With this effort, donation dollars went further, with every dollar donated matched (up to $600,000, for a total impact of $1.2 million). During this campaign, a total of over $3.6 million was raised, helping the Regional Food Bank provide more than 18.4 million meals to hungry Oklahomans this past holiday season. For every matched dollar donated, 10 meals were provided to people in need. The entire APMEX team appreciates and values your support of the Holiday Match Campaign.
In October 2016, more than 150 APMEX employees took time out of their Friday schedule to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma headquarters. After receiving a tour of the facility and hearing from Food Bank employees, APMEX employees worked in teams to sort and package food for the Food Bank’s backpack program. Over the course of that one day, APMEX employees packed 9,678 meals, allowing 3,408 children to go home with meals for the weekend. Employees from various departments worked elbow-to-elbow toward a common goal of helping serve our local community.
In May 2016, APMEX teamed up with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma for the annual “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope” food and fund drive. Every dollar donated to the Food Bank provides five meals; APMEX’s contribution of $31,294.82, plus 1,367 pounds of food, raised during this week provided 158,752.5 meals for Oklahomans dealing with food insecurity. APMEX held team competitions with many different contests during the week to raise money for “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope,” including a costume competition and ice bucket challenge. All these opportunities helped contribute over a week’s worth of meals to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Inspired by our company’s own humble beginnings, giving back is more than a corporate mission. It’s our lifestyle.To close out 2015 with this in mind, APMEX held a two-week toy drive to donate toys and gifts to a local charity. Capping off those two weeks was the Christmas Morning at APMEX party, where employees donned pajamas and shared coffee, hot chocolate and a Christmas brunch. The highlight of the celebration was APMEX donating $100,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which equates to 500,000 meals for hungry families. APMEX Founder and President Scott Thomas presented the check to Rodney Bivens, Founder of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.