Edmond Native

Richardson Donates to an Agency

Josh Richardson when he starred for the University of Tennessee.

Josh Richardson, the Philadelphia 76ers guard and a native of Edmond, has donated $25,000 to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

The donation comes as the food bank is being called upon to provide meals to an unprecedented number of Oklahomans affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

“These uncertain times have really reinforced how important family and community are,” the professional basketball player said.

“Oklahoma will always be home for me and I’m fortunate to be in the position to give back to my hometown and the community that raised me.”

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, members of the food bank’s network of partner agencies have seen substantial increases in food assistance need in central and western Oklahoma, a spokesman said.

In April, for example, the food bank distributed a record 6.2 million pounds of food, 1.5 million more pounds than is distributed in an average month.

“We love to see Oklahomans helping Oklahomans,” said Deb Bunting, interim chief executive officer of the food bank.

“Thanks to Josh’s donation, we will be able to provide 100,000 meals to Oklahomans who are living with food insecurity during these difficult times.”

The professional basketball player, a 2011 graduate of Santa Fe High School of Edmond, earned first-team all-conference honors at the University of Tennessee in 2015 before being selected in the second round of the NBA draft.

The food bank provides four meals for every $1 donated.

Financial donations can be made online at rfbo.org/give or by phone by calling (405)972-1111.

Those needing food assistance may visit rfbo.org/get-help and enter a Zip Code to find the food bank   partner or call (405)972-1111.

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